Desalination has been shown to be a reliable method to deliver affordable drinking water to populations in arid environments, without a reliable natural source of fresh water. With the predicted future impacts of increased urbanisation, population growth, and climate change it is estimated the demand for fresh water will also out strip supply in semi arid regions. It is expected desalination will play a large part in meeting that demand and ensure a reliable water supply. The Gulf States have already demonstrated desalination to be a cost effective solution to water shortage problems.
However, desalination is not without its detractors. There are concerns over the detrimental impacts desalination has to the environment. This is where Tracker can help. Careful monitoring of impacts to the environment will assist with environmental improvements to ensure the process is as environmentally sound as it can be. If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.
Key environmental impacts of desalination include salt concentrate and chemical discharges to the marine environment, the emissions of air pollutants and the energy demand of the processes. For a sustainable approach to desalination the impacts of each step in the process should be, monitored, investigated, and mitigation or improvement measures carried out. Tracker can add a quantitative element to your environmental management system, to provide balance and context to environmental improvements.
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