If we could desalinize ocean water in large amounts, many of the world’s water shortage problems would be solved. New research may make it possible to recycle ocean water for drinking. The California Dept. of Water Resources is extremely interested in this, since they are a high population state that is running out of water and is situated right on the ocean. One big problem is how to dispose of the salt that’s removed. The extremely salty water that is the byproduct of this process could be dumped back into the ocean (where it would have to eventually be removed again) or put into ponds for evaporation (which would produce sea salt, which could then be sold) or injected into the ground.

New Mexico senator Pete Domenici says this type of research could be the “long term solution to our nation’s and New Mexico’s water problems.”

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