Home | Media | Economics | Desalination: Why Not

Desalination: Why Not

Created on 12 September 2013
Trees on Tap
(Media / Trees on Tap)
Every year we spend billions of dollars on pumping and purifying water for the world's...
Les zones humides maintiennent notre planète vivan
(Media / Les zones humides maintiennent notre planète vivan)
Le film explique l'importance des zones humides pour les êtres humains et les problèmes auxquels...
Gulf desalination plants harming the seas - 15 May
(Media / Gulf desalination plants harming the seas - 15 May)
AlJazeeraEnglish - May 15, 2009. Most of the Arabian Peninsula is desert, and the people who live...
View all


Desalination is how we treat saltwater of the oceans to make it potable. To be more precise, desalination is what around 16,000 plants worldwide do to produce 66.5 million cubic metres of freshwater everyday, that serve aroud 300 million people in 150 countries.

Against a backdrop of worldwide depletion of freshwater sources, desalination is frequently put forward as a panacea that would help us tap into an inexhaustible reserve of water. Skeptics, however, point to its still-high cost in terms of money, energy and environmental impact. Besides, as is the case most supply-side solutions, the increase in supply at lower prices leads to an increase in quantity demanded, resulting in little net impact on scarcity.

In this interview, David Zetland (Wageningen University) takes us through these arguments against desalination and points to wastewater treatment as a more economical, more sustainable alternative.

Related: More videos on Desalination

More info: www.aguanomics.com
Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Year: 2013
Language: English
Region: Global, Singapore, USA, West Asia



Facebook comments

Add comment

Security code

Back to Top