Desalination in the Age of Water Scarcity

| At least a dozen different desalination technologies exist. Distillation was the first—used thousands of years ago, and the most common through the 1990s. The process involves evaporating water by thermal or vacuum methods, thereby leaving solids behind, and condensing the desalted vapor into liquid form. ... READ MORE

Call for Papers for the International Desalination Association’s Conference

| The Call for Papers for the International Desalination Association’s International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling “Turning Vision into Reality” is open through March 31. The conference, which takes place September 25-27, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditeranée in Nice, France, covers leading edge strategies and technology for advanced municipal and ... READ MORE

Parched: Can Desalination Quench the World’s Thirst?

| In 1790, when Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State, he held a bottle of “purified” seawater to his lips and drank. The water in the bottle tasted only slightly better than untreated salt water, but the potential of this discovery piqued his interest. Desalination seemed a possible solution to a myriad of problems. Jefferson enthusiastically ... READ MORE

Can Desalination Save Us From Drought?

| Perhaps no one captured the vision as well as John F. Kennedy. “If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get freshwater from saltwater,” he said in a 1961 press conference, “it would be in the long-range interests of humanity, which would really dwarf any other scientific accomplishments. I am hopeful that we will ... READ MORE

Desalination Plants Subject to Stainless Steel Corrosion

| Stainless steel is widely used in critical components of drinking water, wastewater, water reuse, and desalination treatment and conveyance systems. Contrary to popular belief, stainless steel can be prone to failures due to corrosion, including microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC). In fact, utilities have had issues with chloride and chlorine corrosion on 316 stainless steels, including ... READ MORE