Bluewater is excited to be supporting the sustainability efforts of Sweden’s Artemis Racing team that is challenging for the 35th America’s Cup in June this year on Bermuda.Both Artemis Racing and Bluewater share the same sustainability-driven commitment to battle the use of single-use plastic water bottles, which the elite Swedish sailing team have sought to banish from their training base on the island of Bermuda. Bluewater is helping Artemis Racing to deliver on its mission by purifying the water the base camp uses for drinking, cooking and washing.
The Artemis Racing base relies on four 3,800 liter water storage tanks that collect rainwater falling on the roofs of its buildings. Three Bluewater Pro water purifiers as well as all the required piping today harvest and deliver purified water from the tanks to the sailors and staff, reducing total dissolved solids from an average 128ppm incoming to 23ppm outgoing to the facility’s kitchen and beverage stations in the canteen area, boat shed and gym. In addition to dispensing still and carbonated water, the Bluewater system feeds water coolers, ice machines and coffee makers.
A Bluewater Pro water purifier easily generates over 70 gallons of purified water every hour, 24/7, removing chemicals, microorganisms, pharmaceutical products as well as toxic metals such as lead. Reducing water wastage by 82% compared to a traditional reverse osmosis water purifier, a Bluewater Pro can deliver 1,248 gallons of purified water a day, which equals 4,726 one-litre (33.8 fl.oz) water bottles.
The Artemis Racing team live and breathe the vision of being the most sustainable and environmentally responsible team competing in the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest sporting trophy. A unique feature of this Bluewater installation is that all three Bluewater Pro units are plumbed to return the wastewater or concentrate water generated by all reverse osmosis systems back to the storage tanks to be re-used – creating a virtual zero waste and fully reclaimable RO system.
Read more about the Artemis Racing team on their website.
Britain’s record-breaking sailor Ellen MacArthur warns that by 2050 there may well be more waste plastic in the sea than fish. A report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundations says plastics product that reached 311 million tonnes in 2014 is expected to double over the next 20 years and noted that just 5 percent of plastics are recycled effectively. Almost a third of plastics find their way into fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.
Fish caught in California and Indonesia for sale in local markets have already been found to have plastics and other fibers in their guts. Several recent studies have indicated that tiny, broken down plastics known as ‘micro plastic’ are working their way up the food chain and could threaten human health.
Bermuda is particularly at risk from plastic rubbish as it is on the edge of the Atlantic garbage patch, a mass of plastic stretching hundreds of kilometres wide. Underlining the health risk to humans, Dr Robbie Smith, from the Bermuda Natural History Museum, told Sky News that ‘plastic rubbish is attracting other chemical pollutants washed into the sea – such as flame retardants and pesticides – as sunlight breaks plastic down and waves churn it into tiny fragments’.
Bluewater founder and chairman Bengt Rittri discuss marine plastic pollution with Bermudian marine expert Dr. Philippe Max Rouja, Principal Scientist, Marine Heritage and Ocean Human Health, Department of Conservation Services, Government of Bermuda