Water audit and policy for De Leite brewery
July 17, 2017

Redesign and management of a water treatment system on Antarctica

An assignment on Antarctica: who would say no to that offer? The location is about as cool as it gets, but working conditions are hard and unpredictable. Working on Antarctica is a big challenge for sure, but those are exactly the type of projects we like at BOSAQ.


The Challenge

The Princess Elisabeth Station on Antarctica already had a water treatment system, but it didn’t function properly. Our assignment was to find a solution to create drinking water and to redesign the water treatment system according to the strict environmental standards of the Station. The Princess Elisabeth Station is a zero-emission basis, so we needed to find the most sustainable solution.




International Polar Foundation

International Polar Foundation


First of all: creating drinking water in an environment full of dense ice isn’t as easy as you might think. We first needed to melt a lot of ice, before we were able to turn it into drinking water. The water needed to be mineralized and daily bacteriological and quality testing is a normal routine at the Princess Elisabeth Station. In addition, we redesigned the entire water treatment system and the the results were amazing:


  • 100% of the used grey and and black water is purified
  • 60%-80% of the water is reused (e.g. for showering, washing, etc.)


Next to the technical difficulties, we were also surprised by the big psychological challenge to urge everyone to handle water as a precious resource.

100% of wastewater purified

60%-80% of water reused

5 years on Antactica

5 years on Antarctica

Our assignment wasn’t finished as soon as the water treatment system was implemented. The system also needed to be managed and maintained, a perfect job for BOSAQ. We’re proud our company has been responsible for the water treatment system of the Princess Elisabeth Basis on Antarctica for five consecutive years.

We’re very proud to have been responsible for the water treatment of the Princess Elisabeth Station on Antarctica for 5 consecutive years.

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