“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink!”
We’ve all heard the modernized take on Coleridge’s famous “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” But who would have thought that such an old poem may well become the theme song for an era not too far around the corner? Some have predicted that the fight for water will be fiercer than the politics around oil.
Water scarcity is becoming a very real issue and not just in what we tend to think of as developing countries. We need only look at our own country and see the intensity of droughts in the west and the resulting wildfires or the contentiousness between California and Arizona about water and who gets it to realize this is very much a “First World” problem as well.
Some have suggested that desalination is the answer, but proper desalination is complex. Desalination is not only for coastal areas where seawater is stripped of salt and certain minerals. It can also be for inland areas where water is brackish. The environmental impact can be intense, if not done properly, but for many companies, the cost and the energy required to create desalination are so prohibitive than many consider it a last resort for potable drinking water.
Could technology be the answer? Desalination plants around the world are discovering that Komax’s Triple Action Static Mixer is making a critical difference in the efforts to desalinize water. Designed to help with the chemical addition phase, the mixing process offers a treatment process that includes backmixing, cross current mixing and other mixing energies to make the process not only fast, but energy efficient.
In the end, we may not have much choice but to move toward desalination, given the scope of human disaster we could be facing globally. As our water needs increase, Komax equipment stands ready to complete the process.