Remote Communities

Remote Community Water Treatment Systems

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We help REmote communities achieve clean water independence.

Moerk Water has extensive capability to custom design and build environmentally responsible and sustainable drinking water treatment projects for communities around the world. That includes desalination equipment and consulting services to the private and public sector in countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

Communities with our treatment plants have reported many benefits in terms of health, socio-economic and environmental.

The results have included reduced illness rates through improved sanitation and access to clean, safe water; increased community resilience, increased school attendance, job creation and increased community ability to adapt to climate change.

Our team works with a culturally sensitive approach to building strong local capability and capacity that can maintain, operate and take ownership of the water treatment technology through technical training and education. The training of local people to maintain and operate the water treatment system promotes social development and generates employment opportunities with our integrated business models. We proactively support gender equality considerations.

  • Water security for remote locations
  • Improved community health outcomes
  • Increased attendance at school
  • Local training increases knowledge of water treatment systems
  • Increased economic opportunities (stable fresh water supply, less time spent fetching water, local business opportunities)

Get in touch with one of our water specialists today.

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Main Problems
  • Climate change leading to variability in traditional water supply
  • Remote locations can make supplying water treatment units difficult
  • Lack of local knowledge can mean outside expertise is required to keep treatment units operational
  • Reliance on diesel fuel can create bottleneck in water production
  • Water treatment units will fail if rely on specialist spare parts
  • Water treatment units must be built to withstand local environmental conditions
  • Moerk Water systems provide a sustainable and secure water supply
  • Moerk Water units are made to be transportable with larger units able to be broken down into man-portable segments
  • Moerk Water put a focus on local training to ensure that locals do not have to rely on outside experts for water production
  • Moerk Water units are powered by solar and wind energy removing the need for diesel fuel
  • Moerk Water units use spare parts that are available locally
  • Moerk Water units are design and constructed from rugged, corrosion resistant materials


Local & National MP's & Governments

We are experienced in working closely with governments of all localities and sizes in developing successful outcomes for all stakeholders in our projects.

Planning Departments

We have extensive experience working with town and council planning departments internationally to ensure all project outcomes are delivered successfully.

Private Companies

Throughout our history, our team have successfully worked and collaborated with dozens of small to large private companies that have interests in the regions of our projects.

International Bodies

Moerk Water assist international bodies like Unicef and United Nations in achieving key sustainable development goals through our international water treatment projects.

Other Stakeholders

We specialise in creating outcomes that add value to all key stakeholders in a project from the direct end user right up to the government level.

Our Alignment With The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Moerk Water starts the process of finding a solution for a client by asking questions to find out exactly what the client needs. Once the client’s needs are understood, Moerk Water will perform a water quality assessment either in person or via a water sample of the best available source. Once the composition of the water is understood, Moerk Water will design a system based on the location of the installation, what needs to be removed from the water and the available power. This design process involves a range of physical and chemical simulations and determines the final makeup of the system. Then Moerk Water engineers will construct and test the unit before shipping it to site for commissioning.


The first step towards a successful partnership is communication. That’s why we place such importance on our initial meeting. We will talk to you to find out exactly what you want to achieve and your expectations. It ensures that everyone is on the same page from the outset.


Next, we need to investigate what is needed, which means looking in depth at your site and making sure we identify all potential challenges. The thorough knowledge we gain during the investigation stage lays the foundation for a successful outcome to your project.


Testing your water source allows us to determine exactly what we’re dealing with. Water analysis allows us to determine the cause or causes of water supply problems, and to identify the presence of any salt, debris, runoff, pollution, bacteria and parasites, as well as human and animal waste. We offer this cost-effective service to ensure we can then find the right solution for your needs without wasting time or money.


This is where we pull together all the data gained from our investigations and testing, then look back at the information gathered during our initial meeting with you to create a water treatment strategy that meets your needs, expectations and budget.


Once the water treatment strategy is in place, the next essential step is to consider installation and maintenance. This ensures everything goes smoothly when we get to site with your new technology. It also means that ongoing maintenance will be simple and cost-effective.


This is where we pull everything together. We meet with you to present our proposal that has been drafted with all the information gained throughout the previous steps. During our meeting, we will discuss the reasoning that has gone into the proposal and quote, listen to your feedback and make adjustments as required. Remember. This is your project and you are  always in the driver’s seat.


Moerk Water’s treatment technology can convert a wide range of water types into safe drinking water that meets World Health Organisation water quality standards.

Bore Water

Bore water can contain high levels of minerals including sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, and iron. This not only makes it unsafe for human and animal consumption, but also for irrigation. Moerk’s water treatment technology can turn bore water into a safe, useful asset.

Brackish Water

Brackish water may have lower salt levels that sea water but is still unsuitable for use in agriculture or for stock to drink. Moerk’s desalination technology, encompassing reverse osmosis, provides a simple to use, reliable solution to brackish water. Our team can design and construct a system that will convert brackish water to a useful resource.

Sea Water

Desalination treatment plants are one of our most sought-after systems. Our membrane systems are designed to remove salt and almost all other water contaminants through the process of reverse osmosis. It’s a tried and tested method that we have adapted to be transportable to even the remotest locations as well as adaptable to any scale and completely self sustaining.

Ground Water

The best way to treat contaminated groundwater is to pump it through one of our specially designed groundwater treatment systems that can clean ground and surface water. The cleaned water can then be put back into the ground or stored for immediate use, which allows stakeholders to get the most out of their water assets.

Fresh Water

Just because water is fresh, does not mean it is fit for purpose. Moerk’s specialist team can provide water consultancy services, then use the results to advise on the best treatment solution to ensure your fresh water supply is free of contaminants, including bacteria, parasites and viruses, as well as particles. The result is water that is not only safe for human consumption but for use in your specific situation.

Surface Water

Surface water, including rivers, dams and stream, is extremely vulnerable to contamination by pollutants including chemicals, bacteria, parasites and viruses. Like ground water, it can be easily treated and made safe for use by our specially designed treatment systems.

Dam Water

Dam water, like other surface water sources, is vulnerable to contamination from ground runoff, pollution, contamination by human and animal waste as well as algal blooms. Our expert engineers can design a dam water treatment system that will enable you to use dam water safely for agriculture and stock.

Creek Water

Creek water, like dam and river water, is prone to pollution from runoff, human and animal waste, chemicals, bacteria, parasites and viruses. We can design and build a treatment system to suit your specific needs and convert creek water into a clean, safe water source.

River Water

Rivers are an extremely valuable source of water for agricultural use. But they are also easily contaminated by debris, runoff, pollution, bacteria and parasites, as well as human and animal waste. We can help you to make this most of this resource through water treatment technology that will remove contaminants.

Saline Water

Saline water is easily treatable using one of our desalination treatment systems. Our membrane systems easily remove salt using reverse osmosis. Our engineers can help you to choose the right saline water treatment system for your needs. They are easy to transport and can be adapted to any scale.

Saline Ground Water

Ground water can become increasingly salty as rainwater deposits of small amounts of salt build up over time, until it can no longer be safely used for crop irrigation or watering animals. The solution can be found in Moerk’s range of desalination treatment systems. Our specialist team members can guide you through the process of choosing the right system to remove saline from your ground water.


Our treatment plants are individually designed to meet the specific requirements to create a supply of water that is safe for drinking.

Clarification Filtration

Clarification Filtration is a chemical/physical method to reduce the dirt load in the water. Fine particles below a certain size will pass through standard filters. Following clarification filtration, depending on the water quality required, the water can be further purified to reduce the salt load or remove any other contaminants of concern.

UV Sterilisation

Flow Disinfection is the go-to solution when you are treating biologically contaminated surface water. Reverse osmosis will remove all microbiological content from the water and concentrate it into the effluent stream and will also remove the salt.

Iron Removal Systems

Moerk Water’s Iron Removal Systems remove iron from any water source, eliminating concerns about iron bacteria contamination, corrosion, and scaling. Our iron removal systems utilise aeration mechanisms and filters with an automated backwash to reliably removing iron from the water while keeping the systems hands-free and operating costs as low as possible.


Typically when we think of reverse osmosis we imagine large facilities that underpin a city’s water supply or small under sink units. However, in our context, we have adapted these membrane systems to be both transportable and optimised for whatever scale various agricultural and commercial concerns require.

Brackish Water Treatment

Moerk Water specialises in designing and building custom desalination plants and systems to treat various saline water sources to achieve water that is ready for commercial application and/or safe drinking water.

Seawater Desalination

Reverse osmosis is the most cost effective method for removing the salt from seawater (seawater desalination). Given the high energy cost of the process, energy recovery devices, low recovery rates and renewable energy systems are all factors effecting the utility of this system


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