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U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

Lake Powell in May 2007. Note the prominent "bathtub ring" made visible by low water. This phenomenon is among the topics discussed during the interview. (Photo Credit: PRA)

Lake Powell in May 2007. Note the prominent “bathtub ring” made visible by low water. This phenomenon is among the topics discussed during the interview. (Photo Credit: PRA)

Ira Flatow interviewed Sandia’s Michael Hightower (Military and Energy Systems Analysis Dept.) for NPR’s “Science Friday,” which aired on September 13th. The program discussed the challenges associated with diminishing fresh water resources, particularly in the west.

As reservoirs disappear and wells run dry, cities around the U.S. are turning to saltwater to meet their water needs. Mike Hightower of Sandia National Labs and Amy Zander of Clarkson University talked about the future of desalination and its impacts on energy and the environment. Is it sustainable enough to succeed?

Visit NPR’s “Science Friday” site to listen to the program or read the transcript.

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