Seawater Desalination for the world

It’s high time for Seawater Desalination for the world on many levels. Desalination Plants need to be employed as a way of life everywhere as soon as possible. Although it is encouraging to see desalination plants popping up here and there, they need to be the norm everywhere.

Seawater Desalination for the World
Seawater Desalination plant in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, flickr.com/photos/octal

Watch this video to see Dubai’s huge desalination plant that supplies water to the city and fills a huge reservoir with fresh water.

Wind/Solar floating unit, Greek Wikipedia-vito31-ccbysa3

We also need floating desalination plants, where building a desalination plant is not feasible such as the pictured floating desalination unit “Hydriada” powered by wind and solar energy in Irakleia, Greece, the first of its kind. We also need many more desalination ships sent to areas either hit hard with drought or just not located near freshwater, to begin with.

We can either draw seawater into desalination plants and ships or pump it inland through pipelines to be treated in plants in other cities and rural areas. It is ridiculous that we don’t have enough water inland, and have increasingly far too much in the oceans and rivers, and it is time to turn this around. We also need to divert the water when faced with rising sea levels into reservoirs and canals built to move seawater and accommodate floodwater. A series of man-made saltwater canals could lead to desalination plants downstream.

Seawater Desalination for the WorldThe other huge point is that it a good thing to remove water from the ocean when facing rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar regions, already causing damage on a drastic scale, particularly for coastal regions. What better time to increase efforts to pull water from the ocean, when so many in the world need freshwater desperately and the freshwater icebergs are breaking up and melting before us. We need to harvest them once they have broken off and floated far enough away so as not to disturb the remaining ice sheets. Even though they were freshwater, once contaminated by seawater, they will require the desalinating process. We need to do more to harvest this freshwater resource and in doing so, lessen the destruction of shorelines and growing pressure on the ocean floor thus increasing the chance of earthquakes and changes. The freshwater is also having an adverse effect on marine life by changing the salt content of the sea.

Another main point to be considered when assessing the vast benefits of desalinized water is that the process not only removes salt but other impurities, parasites, bacteria, etc. Filtering and treating water should be another growing focus for every country, whether with adequate freshwater or not.

Little Powlett River and rig near Wonthaggi desalination plant
Desalination rig in Wonthaggi, AU greenlivingpedia.org

It would be great to see pipelines pumping water across the land, directly to desalination plants inland, ready to receive and process the saltwater. We have got to have huge reservoirs of freshwater, well-distributed throughout the lands, not only for people, animals, and agriculture, but to help with the fighting of wildfires which are devasting the land, wildlife, food sources, and property, helping warm up the land, increasing air pollution, and feeding global warming. It is imperative to have freshwater reservoirs, for fighting forest fires, hydrate land as a preventative measure, and even water drought-stricken crops.

For a growing list of resources, suppliers, technology, and developments in all things related to seawater desalination for the world, you can check out Managing Earth Desalination Page. Communities and countries need to unite in bringing desalinized water to the growing number of millions who are going without potable water right now. Let’s help this industry grow by talking about, sharing information, supporting the technology on any level, asking governments and corporations to help bring about having more desalination plants everywhere, and ensuring the water can be moved inland to irrigate and fill the needs of everyone so we can have seawater desalination for the world!