Reverse osmosis water is addition by subtraction?
George Somero, Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University, runs the oldest marine lab on the west coast dating back to 1892, is a worthy authority on reverse osmosis water. Recognizing the importance of delivering potable water to coastal populations, George discusses the pros and cons that such practices will have on our ocean's ecosystems. Two problems that already impact Monterey County locals: sea water is intruding on agricultural land, which would be detrimental to the local economy, and the water table is being drawn down faster than it's able to replenish itself, meaning such problems are imminent. Both of these will become big problems in the future for Monterey County residents, if not corrected quickly and correctly.
George says that new water desalination technology is superior because:
- it takes water further out to sea, where there's less of an effect on marine life
- there's less of a sludge problem, meaning the water is cleaner
- there's no thermal stress and minimal salinity stress
- this also means less water is tapped off of rivers, decreasing the stress on landwater ecosystems
- and seawater is often purer than that found underground; no groundwater contamination
Reverse osmosis is also off-the-shelf technology, it's a tried and true process that's readily available today. George believes that the impact on marine life will be minimal and there's little to no downside as long as the process is managed responsibly.
Pass it on,