Amid drought, water desalination gets attractive

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by JUAN CARLOS LLORCA

Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is touting desalination as a weapon in the fight against drought and water shortages arising from population growth.
 
Salazar called attention to the technology Wednesday in a visit to El Paso's desalination plant. He says the technology helps alleviate the chronic water woes of arid far West Texas. He says such technology also could be an answer to the growing need for fresh water faced by drought-parched Texas.
 
The plant treats brackish water from deep underground to make it drinkable. El Paso's plant uses water from the local aquifer and treats it through reverse osmosis. The method forces water through a membrane, which retains the molecules that make the water unfit for drinking.

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