The water supply on Lady Elliot Island is created by a Dunlop IBC reverse osmosis desalination system converting sea water to pristine clean fresh water. Originally, the system produced water at a rate of 14 litres per minute, 24 hours per day, however, after a lot of improvement we have managed to achieve 33 litres per minute. Since construction of the Hybrid Solar Power Station on the island, water is now supplied courtesy of the sun!
We are currently working in conjunction with a European manufacturer trialling a more efficient desalination prototype and preliminary results indicate about 50% less power cost per litre produced - more free water from the sun!
Water is a precious resouce and we ask guests to conserve water where possible to ensure we have enough for everyone, and to preserve of our wonderful environment.
As we are limited in the amount of water we can produce daily we send all our laundry back to the mainland each day for laundering which then returns a couple of days later by air.