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    Cruising sailboats routinely incorporate desalination.  Googling "Municipal Scale Desalination" produces some interesting initiatives, like the one in Alamogordo, NM.  Desalinization is not an unusual procedure, not cutting edge by any means.  The impediment is cost; it's expensive, but expense is of course relative depending on need.  Current trends suggest that some parts of our nation will seek new sources of potable water because they are going to overtax local supplies.  I think we can anticipate both a more aggressive search and a more aggressive search for ways to get someone else to pay for it.

    •  Would nuclear energy make it cheaper? (0+ / 0-)

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      by dov12348 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 05:50:18 AM PDT

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      •  US nuclear plants have a bad economic record (0+ / 0-)

        I doubt it.  And my skepticism is borne of some experience with the nuclear industry - specifically bidding against Seabrook II's power as ordered by the Maine PUC.  I think it might be interesting to explore something on the waste heat side of the operation.  However, that Seabrook II power was projected to run around 17 cents per KWH, in the mid 80's.  The track record of such projections are that they are low.  There would have to be an enormous revenue enhancement by producing potable water too in order for the plant to be economical overall.  A far bigger income bump than I suspect is practical.  But, I would be interested in the economic argument.

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