Water issues are becoming a growing problem for many places around the United States, especially in Texas. Droughts and a population boom are continuing to put more pressure on the state’s water supply. On top of that, the process of fracking (very popular in Texas) uses lots of water that is turned into waste water. The process of desalination can turn waste water, brackish water and even sea water into water that can be used as drinking water, irrigation and other uses.
An article by William McKenzie of the George Bush Institute in the Dallas Morning News highlights the desalination efforts in Texas, with a focus on the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Plant in El Paso.
He includes some recommendations for Texas:
- The Texas Water Development Board can hire more geologists to research brackish water.
- Communities can work on efforts to recycle brackish water.
- Private/Public desalination plant partnerships, like in California, can provide enough water to millions of residents.