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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Quote Originally Posted by mbig View Post
    Please spare me the faux-macho "you're an alarmist" claim.
    No one is going to go thirsty anytime soon, but this is a serious issue already affecting food prices nationwide.
    Summer, oft the driest season is approaching in many places, it could get worse. It could go on for years more in some of these areas too.
    This also is a big issue in the arid states viability.
    Texas is booming with plenty of oil but little water.

    Seven states running out of water
    Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich
    USA Today via 24/7 Wall St.
    6:30 a.m. EDT June 1, 2014
    Seven states running out of water
    I think we are going to see an increase in state and federal funds allocated to water desalination R&D as well as an increased emphasis on loan guarantees, matching funds, and similar funding instruments to get more facilities produced. As this occurs I wouldn't be surprised if you see renewed interest in niche nuclear and other sustainable/cheap electricity generators to power the plants. Countries like the United States have the resources to meet the water challenges and come out on the other side without too much difficulty. It's other countries I'm worried about. At least for the time being.

    Because while I think cheap desalination is the next big game changer in global development I think the time gap between the necessary advances in material sciences and power generation that will allow it to become more easily commercialized may be rather large (10-15 years) plus the time needed to roll it out. I fear many places will suffer greatly in that time span.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    The desalinated stuff tastes awful.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    The government should not subsidize desalination. The users should pay what it costs.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    The desalinated stuff tastes awful.
    Then drink less...

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    The desalinated stuff tastes awful.
    Depends on the plant, source, country, etc. A significant amount of the time it's psychological and if you blindfold someone and give them a few cups of iced water from regular tap or desalinated they can't properly identify it.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Depends on the plant, source, country, etc. A significant amount of the time it's psychological and if you blindfold someone and give them a few cups of iced water from regular tap or desalinated they can't properly identify it.
    You must have never drinken good water.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    You must have never drinken good water.
    What? I don't follow.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Once again, don't need desalinization. Besides by the time you build just one very expensive plant the droughts will be over until the next cycle. Just go to waterless toilets. Heck, you'll even save on sewerage.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    What? I don't follow.
    There is no way that desalinated water can be confused with the water we have here in the Pacific Northwest.

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    Re: Seven States Running Out of Water

    Very relevant to this conversation. The Carlsbad desalination plant in San Diego is set to open soon. The plant will provide San Diego County with 50 million gallons of water every day but will likely see residents water costs rise $5-$8 per month. Additionally the plant cost $1 billion which was funded by a private bond scheme made possible by the counties decision to sign a 30 year contract for the water. It has been hoped that the success of this plant will spur more than a dozen projects that are waiting in the wings along the California coast to spring into development. The failure of this plant however would have a massive chilling effect on the other proposed projects.

    Completion of them would significantly alleviate California's drought concerns but would likely see a major spike in water cost.

    Cities are preparing for predicted, widespread water shortages. - CNN.com

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