We’ve written in the past about how instrumental our equipment has been in desalination plants across the globe, and we’ve also written a bit about the importance of better desalination processes in the future. Recently, though, we discovered a post in the digital magazine Take Part that looked at why desalination plants have been abandoned.
You already know a drought has been facing the West Coast for some time, and the bottom line is that something must be done. Cities like Santa Barbara are flocking to the idea of desalination. The problem, though, is that many realize as soon as a desalination plant is built, it isn’t quite what they thought it might be. In fact, that’s true for many areas of the world, too. Australia spent $8 billion the nineties to build several plants, only to put most of them in standby mode after a drought ended. A plant was built in Santa Barbara decades ago at the cost of several million, and it too was put on standby. Now that they need it, though, they’re not sure they want to use it.
Desalination technology is in an upheaval, and necessarily so. Early desal plants were ridiculous energy hogs, and they had the potential to harm marine life as well, so any plants brought out of standby mode may create more harm than trouble. The goal is to find a technology that uses less energy while actually protecting the environment. Fortunately, that’s also happening on a fairly large scale. Research is currently looking into how to deliver the water so many need on a large scale without sucking up so much energy or harming the environment.
At Komax, we know desalination technology could easily be the future of water supplies across the world, and we’re proud to manufacture the equipment that is not only necessary to today’s desalination technology, but may also prove instrumental to tomorrow’s.