What if we CAN drink the ocean?

Desalination: the promise is calling innovators.

Environmentalists have not embraced removing the salt from seawater as a way to meet the world’s shrinking supply of freshwater because the process poses a number of pollution problems. But recent breakthroughs are renewing hope for the idea.

A company called Effluent Free Desalination Corp is introducing a prototype with big improvements. One innovation reduces the buildup of scale, known for damaging desalination equipment. It produces drinkable water from steam — and the process also creates commercially valuable salt. No toxic dose of brine is returned to the ocean, as was common in older technology.

The company claims its technique can remove the chemicals from agricultural runoff and water reclaimed from fracking sites.

With California in its fourth year of severe drought, radioBANG is watching as other companies also innovate water technologies.

And it’s not all about technology…. In 2016 in Santa Monica, a design competition named the Land Art Generator Initiative inspired “The Pipe,” a shimmering tube that uses solar power to desalinate water, while also being something beautiful on the Santa Monica Pier. The aim of the contest is to show that projects answering the demand for clean power and water can be aesthetically pleasing, rather than industrial eyesores.

To see a picture of The Pipe, come meet us on Facebook at Solutions in Sustainability. To hear audio of this story, find us at Environmentalists have not embraced removing the salt from seawater as a way to meet the world’s shrinking supply of freshwater because the process poses a number of pollution problems. But recent breakthroughs are renewing hope for the idea.

A company called Effluent Free Desalination Corp is introducing a prototype with big improvements. One innovation reduces the buildup of scale, known for damaging desalination equipment. It produces drinkable water from steam — and the process also creates commercially valuable salt. No toxic dose of brine is returned to the ocean, as was common in older technology.

The company claims its technique can remove the chemicals from agricultural runoff and water reclaimed from fracking sites.

With California in its fourth year of severe drought, radioBANG is watching as other companies also innovate water technologies.

And it’s not all about technology…. In 2016 in Santa Monica, a design competition named the Land Art Generator Initiative inspired “The Pipe,” a shimmering tube that uses solar power to desalinate water, while also being something beautiful on the Santa Monica Pier. The aim of the contest is to show that projects answering the demand for clean power and water can be aesthetically pleasing, rather than industrial eyesores.

To see a picture of The Pipe, come meet us on Facebook at Solutions in Sustainability. To listen to audio of this story, discover us on SoundCloud.com/radioBANG.

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