Blog > Is Desalination the Future?

waterThe world’s growing population is putting pressure on officials to find ways to manage and sustain safe drinking water for people around the globe. According to a recent article in About News, water scarcity is a serious issue in arid, poor countries. But you probably already knew that, right? Well, water scarcity is already an issue right here in some parts of the United States as well, and therefore desalination is the hot topic. Some experts believe that desalination is the next alternative for providing plenty of drinking water to people who need it and sustaining water sources even in developed nations. But it will come with a cost! According to the article, the human population is expected to grow by yet another 50 percent by the year 2050 and the world cannot provide safe drinking water – or enough drinking water period – for all of those people. Desalination is the process in which highly pressurized ocean water is pushed through tiny membrane filters and distilled into drinking water.  Sounds simple enough, right? After all, there is plenty of water in the oceans to go around. Population growth, drinking water contamination and overuse of the resource are all reasons we need to work together to support a plan where the environment and the economy are supportive as well. You see, desalination sounds great, but experts explain that there are severe economic and environmental costs. First, the non-profit group Food & Water Watch says that desalinated ocean water is the most expensive form of fresh water out there, given the infrastructure costs of collecting, distilling and distributing it. Will countries and cities be able to afford the whole process? Where will the funds come from? What happens if an economy cannot afford the process? Financial drawbacks are one of the most common and problematic issues when it comes to water treatment and purification in this world. Secondly, the organization says that widespread desalination could take a heavy toll on ocean biodiversity. Taking water will affect living creatures, jobs and food. Plus, the very salty residue left over from desalination must be disposed of properly, not just dumped back into the sea. There are concerns that urban and agricultural runoff cannot afford to absorb this sludge. So is desalination really the best option for our water crisis? Seems like a band-aid in many cases and there is still concern about water treatment and filtration nonetheless. Households who want to conserve and filter water should contact us. Our water filters and drinking water systems  waste up to 90% less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems and can provide your home with plenty of safe, pure drinking water. Contact us today and learn more about the option of reducing water waste in your own home. To read the full article, click here