As the public becomes increasingly aware of the oceanic scope of the impending freshwater crisis, policy makers and scientists look for alternatives. Is desalination an answer? From the Los Angeles Times:
It’s easy to understand why so many of us, hearing of threats from climate change and shrinking water supplies, turn our gaze west to the mighty Pacific. The Colorado River, a water source strained to its limits, once seemed endless. The ocean practically is endless. As Saudi Arabia and now Australia have shown, it is possible to remove the salt from ocean water and get perfectly decent — indeed, quite high-quality — drinking water. So why not, Southern Californians ask, tap the sea to solve our state’s water woes?
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Source: Los Angeles Times