World Water Day: Is Desalination The Global Solution?

Did you know today was World Water Day? Celebrated since 1993, World Water Day is coordinated by the United Nations in an attempt to raise awareness about the impending water crisis and what each of us can do about it.

Few substances are as essential to human survival as clean water. In America it flows freely from multiple household faucets, but millions around the world can only dream of such a luxury. Over seven hundred million people live without access to safe drinking water. Some areas have already reached the end of their freshwater supply, and unless a solution for creating more is developed quickly, drought, sickness, and death are looming in their future.

Desalination technology, once considered far too costly and time-consuming, has made incredible advances over the past few years. Energy Recovery, which provided the insightful infographic below, has used desalination to produce more than 10 billion liters of drinkable water per day from the ocean.

Scroll through the graphic for more information on desalination and why it’s an energy-efficient method for staving off the global water crisis. Learn more about World Water Day here.

World Water Day, Desalination

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog