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Desalination

Ocean

As cities face increasing water management problems, some companies and elected officials are pushing an expensive, energy-intensive technology called ocean water desalination. Desalination separates salt from seawater. It might sound like a good idea, but this technology’s cons far outweigh its potential benefits.

Ocean water desalination harms marine ecosystems, promotes unsound coastal zone management, wastes energy, and impacts human health.

Desalination shouldn’t be used as a quick fix to our water shortage problems. Conservation and recycling programs may be a much less expensive and less risky alternative to building desalination plants. If you’re from California, Florida, Massachusetts, or Texas, you’ll want to pay particular attention because desal companies want to make your state a national guinea pig.

Learn more

Read our report, Desalination: An Ocean of Problems, and find out why desalination is not the best solution for water shortages.