Desalination

Guest Host:

Steve Roberts
Desalination

In the 1960s, scientists developed several ways to turn saltwater into freshwater. All were prohibitively expensive because they required a great deal of energy. But today, the technology has been significantly refined, and demand for...

In the 1960s, scientists developed several ways to turn saltwater into freshwater. All were prohibitively expensive because they required a great deal of energy. But today, the technology has been significantly refined, and demand for fresh water has grown so high in some regions that desalination is getting a second look. A panel talks about desalination technology and how it might change water management in the United States.

Guests

Erik Olson

of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Andrew Macoun

a principal water and sanitation specialist for the World Bank

Richard Drew

chief of the bureau of water facilities regulation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

David Furukawa

past president of the International Desalination Association

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