As countries continue looking for more and more ways to produce reusable freshwater, the need to make desalination a viable and economical practice is continually brought up. Most people automatically believe that desalination is a very expensive process that can never be utilized on a large scale. But, that is actually a myth. It does not cost as much as people believe to transform saltwater into freshwater. In fact, humans have been doing it for millenniums, and we have the technology to do it on a large scale. Here are three things you should know about the desalination process:
- It is our best option for finding enough freshwater to sustain life on Earth. 5% of the water on Earth is saltwater. With the droughts that are occurring around the world, the best way to solve the problem is to tap into the world’s saltwater supply. All we need to do is turn it into freshwater.
- There are many ways to desalinate water. The most common way to remove salt and minerals from saltwater is through reverse osmosis. But, this is not the only way to desalinate water, meaning we have many options to work with to figure out which one will be the most sustaining, environmentally friendly, and cost efficient. In addition to reverse osmosis, companies are also using processes like forward osmosis, distillation, and electro dialysis.
- The most expensive part of desalination is the energy it costs to run the plants. Find an alternative energy source and desalination is all of a sudden an extremely economical way to create reusable and freshwater. Saudi Arabia has already invested in using solar energy to power their desalination plants that are proving to be vastly more cost effective than using electricity. The key is the energy source, then desalination will be easy.
The myths and rumors about desalination make it hard to gain traction for building and producing desalination plants on a large scale. Once these rumors are put to rest, actual progress can be made towards the manufacture of numerous cost efficient desalination plants around the world that will begin to solve the water shortage problem the world currently faces. In the meantime, Cortech will press forward offering all pumps needed to complete a state-of-the-art desalination process for companies to use around the world.