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Will Your Company Start Recycling Water?

August 26th, 2014

Access to fresh water is a growing environmental issue, and supplies of this resource are expected to become scarcer as the effects of climate change continue to be felt in the 21st Century. Thankfully, engineers and other talented scientists are working on desalination and other water recycling technologies ensuring humanity gets the water it needs for life.

With a variety of techniques for water reuse in development, how long will it be before companies — including your own — take steps to manage their own usage by recycling water? This new, environmentally-friendly future isn’t that far away.

Desalination with Less Energy Required

One new technology currently in development at Trevi Systems, a Bay Area startup, increases the efficiency of the water desalination process. Early test results are promising; showing the use of only 25 percent of the energy required as with traditional desalination. The company is engaged in a large scale trial project in the United Arab Emirates involving a solar-powered plant used for processing seawater.

Energy efficient desalination gives hope that oceans and other salt water sources can be used in the future for drinking water. More importantly, Trevi Systems’ technology also works with the recycling of wastewater — another potential source of human-potable H20.

A Three-Pronged Solution for Water Shortages

Desalination, wastewater recycling, and the capture of rainwater combine to make a three-pronged solution for managing water shortages in the future. David Sedlak, a University of California-Berkeley professor of civil and environmental engineering, feels these are the three pillars of future access to water sources. “Eventually, we’ll have to develop new sources of water to replace water supplies that are going to become less reliable and less available in the future,” said Sedlak.

The new desalination technologies combined with other methods gives companies the ability to improve their environmental footprint when this new water tech becomes commercially available.

If the innovations in water desalination are inspiring you to advance your engineering career, talk to the experts at The Talley Group. They are a great source of Seattle engineering jobs, and remain one of the top staffing agencies in the region. Schedule a meeting with Talley today!

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