Article #95 Desalination Plants: Are They Critical to Address the Severity of Water Shortages on Our Planet?

Desalination plants are quite costly to run and construct but if human beings continue to ruin the global water supply at the rate we currently are they may be a small solution to help preserve our planet’s fresh water resources. The ocean has an endless supply of salt-water so this makes desalination plants very valuable. Water and Electricity Prices can skyrocket so it is not always a good solution

Sophisticated construction of desalination plants is extremely costly, complex and labour intensive. Global citizens, scientists and environmental health advocates must push leaders harder so that global, regional and municipal policy changes are enforced to help address the planet’s ongoing water crisis. Desalination plants are not a cure-all solution, but merely a band-aid for one of the most challenging problems of our time.  (Photo Credit: Jacob Vanderheyden via Flickr)


This animation of a large water reservoir near Cape Town, South Africa shows the dramatic drop in water levels between 2014 and 2018. Scientists fear the problem is so severe that the Theewaterskloof reservoir may completely run dry before the rainy season begins in May. Studies such as this suggest that global water shortage solutions may include the construction of cutting-edge desalination plants that run salt water into desalinated water needed to power entire cities. (Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory)


Workers inspect filtration instruments at the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Southern California. The severity of the drought in California has been progressing with each passing year and will not improve anytime soon. Water allocation policies in the region may need to be modified to divert major quantities of water away from agricultural land to be utilized by municipalities instead. With the ever-growing need for fresh water on our planet California will not be the only region that needs to utilize this type of technology in the immediate future. (Photo Credit: vanderhe1 via Flickr)

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