Getting clean water from the sea, at a high price
The ongoing severe
drought in California is the just the latest in a recent series
of water crises that have kept large areas of America parched.
Parts of Texas and the Southwest are still recovering from
drought conditions that dried up the region several years ago.
And given global climate change and the world's growing population,
the costly process of desalination -- turning ocean or brackish
water into clean, drinkable fresh water -- is being considered a
viable option in California and elsewhere.
In California alone, 17 desalination plants are either under