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desalination

How Does Desalination work?

Only a tiny fraction of the planet’s water is fresh. As much as 97% of Earth’s water is salt water in the ocean. Of the 3% of the planet’s water that is fresh, 2% is trapped in ice caps and glaciers. Only 0.5% of water around the globe is usable as drinking water. Since humans […]

Is Desalination a Solution to California’s Drought?

Faced with shrinking local water supplies related to the historic California drought, Santa Barbara officials are looking to the ocean for salvation. In hopes of reactivating a dormant seawater desalination plant built in 1992, the city is prepared to invest $40 million. Unfortunately, this proposition is fraught with concerns related to both cost and feasibility. […]