Positive Future #887 (Feature photo – Desalination Plant – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, James Grellier))
Modern civilization, more than at any time in the past, is kept alive through artificial means. This includes crop irrigation pumps, electricity, shelter, transportation and the list could go on. These artificial measures, have also pushed the limits of water resources to the extent that natural sources of water have been over-allocated, underground aquifers over pumped.
While water issues are often approached from the angle of re-cycling and conservation, this approach misses the primary threat. If there is no water, there is nothing to re-cycle or conserve. If one third or one half of the water, for a particular farmer or city is curtailed, re-cycling and conservation can fall materially short of the answer.
As of 1/1/2022, NOAA reports that over half of the lower 48 states are in drought. 189 million acres of crops are experiencing drought. 100 million people in America are affected by drought, and the severity of drought conditions continue to escalate.
Pumping up the game of artificial life support systems are desalination plants, the make potable water out of seawater and brackish water. The next thing is to build pipelines to the interior of the U.S. to carry desalinated water.
Fortunately, desalination of water is growing exponentially. 120 nations in the world have desalination plants, totaling roughly 21,000 plants. These 21,000 plants producer 3.5 billion gallons of potable water each day – roughly a half gallon for every person on the planet.
The following video highlights what nations with extreme water limitations are doing, which may well be a roadmap for what America needs in the future.