desalination

How Does Desalination work?

Only a tiny fraction of the planet’s water is fresh. After subtracting ice caps and glaciers, the amount gets substantially smaller. Since humans need water to drink and to sustain agricultural production, people have always looked to the ocean as a potential solution for water shortages. Because it requires so much energy, desalination has long […]

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. […]