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.
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.
Is desalination being considered in your community? Find out why you should support conservation instead of desalination:
Read our report, Desalination: An Ocean of Problems, and find out why desalination is not the best solution for water shortages.