There are 16,000 desalination plants on the planet, and their numbers are rising
A huge desalination plant is under construction in Carlsbad, California
When completed it will be the largest such facility in the Western Hemisphere
Water expert: Ocean water is "a seemingly inexhaustible supply"
Explore the City of Tomorrow, Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. ET on CNN.
It’s been a cruel irony for ancient mariners and any thirsty person who has ever gazed upon a sparkling blue ocean: Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.
But imagine a coastal city of the future, say in 2035. Along with basic infrastructure such as a port, roads, sewer lines and an electrical grid, it’s increasingly likely this city by the sea will contain a newer feature.
A desalination plant.
Thanks to improved technology, turning ocean water into freshwater is becoming more economically feasible. And a looming global water crisis may make it crucial to the planet’s future.