Refugee Camp Water Security


A refugee camp located in Southern Somalia had limited fresh water supplies. The groundwater in the area was saline and there was limited power availability. In 2018, Moerk Water installed a membrane desalination system which is operated using solar energy. By increasing the size of the standard battery bank, Moerk Water ensured that the unit could operate 24 hours a day. The unit is constructed from quality materials and built to German engineering standards. The unit was installed by Moerk Water trained technicians from Pamoja Zanzibar. These technicians also perform any necessary servicing operations. Due to the focus on after care service and training, the unit has been in continuous operation since 2018. 


Project Outcomes:


  • Water treatment unit has provided a source of clean water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene to Somalian refugee camp since 2018
  • Unit runs 24/7 on solar energy using panels with battery backup
  • Unit can be transported easily if required
  • The unit provides drinking water for up to 300 people
  • Unit is kept operational by Moerk Water trained service technicians




“These small units are perfect for the small MCH (Mother and child Health) facilities in Somalia. Consume so much less power and the amount of daily production, if used properly is sufficient for small MCH and small hospitals fresh water needs.“ Max Arte, Technical Advisor and Consultant 

  • Capability Community Water Independence
  • Feedwater Saline Water, Well Water, Ground Water
  • Water Quality Red Flags Salinity, Biological Contamination
  • Primary Water Treatment Membrane Desalination
  • Project Outcomes