One of the key native Alaskan corporations has begun a process leading to large-scale export of some of the Alaskan water under its control.
The Aleut Corporation said in August that it envisions exporting as much as a half-million gallons daily three freshwater lakes it controls on Adak Island. Adak is described in Wikipedia as “near the western extent of the Andreanof Islands group of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Alaska’s southernmost town, Adak, is located on the island.”
The demand for the water is thought to be mainly in the form of bottled drinking water aimed at China and India.
The three lakes involved are Lake Bonnie Rose, Lake De Marie and Lake Betty.
Other water shipping proposals in Alaska, which unlike most states has far more water than residents seek to use, are making their way through the process as well.
One of those is from the Anchorage-based Aqueous Northern Holdings LLC, which July 19 asked the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for water rights at four Southeast locations.
Also, Texas-based S2C Global Systems Inc. said on July 7 it has ambitious plans to develop a “water hub” in India.
From its release:
S2C Global Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: STWG) today announced that within 6 to 8 months the company expects to start distributing fresh water from its first “World Water Hub” located on the west coast of India.
For security reasons the port will not be disclosed, however this first hub will include a berth for a Suezmax vessel (156,000 cubic meters/41Million USG), an offloading system to a dedicated tank farm and a distribution complex for packaged water. Within 18 months after that we will be able to switch to a very large class vessel (302,833 cubic meters/80 Million USG), as both the ship and the berth for her will be completed within this time frame. Contracts for the distribution hub and ships are being finalized.
The company will be able to sell from its hub bulk fresh water by way of smaller ships that can deliver to shallower ports, like Umm Qasr in Iraq (located within 4 days of India’s west coast). S2C will also sell fresh water in 20-foot containers with flexi-tanks (4623 USG) suitable for pharmaceutical/high tech manufacturing and packaged water (18.9 and 10L) for the consumer markets anywhere containers are delivered in south and west Asia from India.
India itself provides a particularly significant growth market for the packaged waters with a current population of 1.15 billion people, an emerging middle class and an increasing clean water shortage.
Our Alaskan mountain water is so pure it requires no treatment except to remove organics that might be present through the natural cycle. During its 30 day voyage from Alaska to the Arabian Sea we will protect the water using an “Ozonating” system in the ships holds.