The Negative Effects Of Desalination On The Environment

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The desalination process requires the use of a lot more natural resources and what is left creates a never ending cycle of issues to the environment, the economy, our health and local ecosystems. Unfortunately, countries that cannot afford to pay for the high costs of desalination plants have to search for a cheaper alternative to help them meet their water needs as desalination plants cost millions of dollars to build and maintain. The construction of desalination plants and its function has an overall negative effect on the environment since it harms the biodiversity of the nearby ecosystems through the desalination process. As a result, fishermen will have a hard time looking for seafood as plants and animals are sucked up by desalination…show more content…
Reverse osmosis cannot completely remove the harmful chemicals of seawater and therefore it can cause side effects to those that are most vulnerable. It has been possible to remove all of those harmful chemicals, but it is very costly and without the complete extraction of salt and other chemicals in seawater, it will put at risk the lives of children, men and women. With a growing demand of water, desalination seems like a practical solution to our water crisis, but let’s take into consideration the effects they will have on the environment, the economy and our…show more content…
Industrial corporations have continuously used bodies of water to their advantage by having their factories use water as an energy source and trash bin. Toxic chemicals are released by these factories and sometimes directly dumped back into the water. Aquatic plants benefit from the carbon dioxide released by factories, but too much can harm the biodiversity of that ecosystem and other marine life and acidity levels will also rise. A bigger population means more consumption and as the human consumption has increased throughout the years, landfills have been overflowed by large amounts of trash. When liquids and other materials begin to degrade, they release a juice that can be toxic if consumed. Leachate can not only be stored by the soil and make it less fertile, but also contaminate the source of water that is close by. This liquid can completely ruin the whole water system for those that depended on it. Water pollution has increased over the last couple of years and “in the U.S. 40% of rivers and lakes are considered too polluted to support normal activities”
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