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Is ocean water too toxic?

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From page A8 | February 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

James Singmaster III’s letter in Friday’s Enterprise brings up a subject direly needed for discussion. Desalinization of ocean water to meet the world’s need for water isn’t talked about much, probably because no one wants to bring up the disaster of human pollution of the oceans. I understand that sea water is so toxic that there is no way to desalinate it for safe human consumption.

On the other hand, I’ve also heard that the cruise ships desalinate sea water for their use in the drinking water systems aboard. Is cruise ship water too toxic to talk about, or is toxicity of sea water a myth? Who has a good source of information on this dialog?

Francis Resta
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  • Marvin GoldmanFebruary 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    Desalination involves boiling the water and collecting the condensate. Any chemical polution is left in the "sludge" and any viruses and bacteria are destroyed by the boiling. Thus no matter what you start with, you probably end up with pretty pure water, and pretty ugly sludge.

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  • STFebruary 27, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Question for Prof. Goldman: Now that the ocean's water has been seriously contaminated with radiation, how would that play out in the desalination process?

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