Can brackish desalination be a viable water solution in the face of drought?

A breakdown of desalination from a scientific perspective, and explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of this process.
A photo of the Berkeley Marina.
A sunny day at the Berkeley Marina on Oct. 10, 2021. Seawater from the Bay Area may become an important water source as the drought continues to deplete existing sources. Jennah Haque/Peninsula Press

Marin County is currently considering mobile desalination plants. Marin residents and businesses have maxed out conservation efforts and they aren’t enough to supply the county’s water needs.

The news comes as Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide drought emergency on Oct. 20. As California’s clean water crisis deepens, and reservoirs continue to dry, desalination will get a closer look.

This podcast breaks down desalination from a scientific perspective, and explain the benefits and drawbacks.

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