Desalination technologies were introduced about 50 years ago with more than 12,000 plants currently in operation around the world, producing around 40 million cubic meters of water per day. The number continues to grow as the need for water increases globally and especially in South Africa.
As we know, water is a critical resource for growth and survival in life, and we cannot live without water. Unfortunately, it has been found that nearly a fourth of the global population suffer from inadequate supplies of fresh, drinkable water. Considering the considerable concern surrounding water shortages, for example, the current water crisis in Cape Town, it has become a social development issue urging entrepreneurs and businesses to create sustainable water supplies.
It is becoming more apparent that as a global population, we cannot rely on traditional water supply systems and that utilising technology such as desalination technologies, we will be able to produce fresh, sustainable water for more people. This technology allows us to make use of the world’s largest water source, which is why this technology has been on the rise for the past few decades.
Desalination can be traced back to the fourth BC when Aristotle discovered the first desalination theory by noticing the separation of salt and freshwater when saltwater is turned to vapour. While the method dates back over 2000 years, it has not been common practice due to the astronomical costs and unreliability of the systems.
The past 30 years have seen desalination technology advance rapidly across the world, with many countries investing significant resources in these systems. One of the contributing factors to this rise is the economic relief is gives developing economies. While it was an expensive alternative, the advancing technology and broader use of the system has decreased the cost globally, allowing more companies to expand their desalination plants to produce more fresh water.
While the economic relief is advantageous to many, the environmental impact of an eco-friendly desalination process such as Aqua Brother’s desalination is much more sustainable than traditional water supplies. Desalination plants do not need as many pipelines and pumping stations as conventional water supplies and occupy less land.
With all the positives that come with desalination, it is however widely known for the negative environmental impact it has on the biodiversity in an area. The byproduct from the process, brine, causes dangerous pollution to the environment. Luckily Aqua Brothers are proud to be one of the few desalination plants in the world that are focused on reducing our negative footprint on the planet. Our desalination process reuses the brine instead of dumping it back into the ocean.
Desalination in Cape Town
As part of The City of Cape Town’s revised Water Outlook strategy, the need for a permanent desalination process has become a realistic solution. While the approach to the drought has moved from disaster to long-term resilience, it has created an environment that is in desperate need for accessible, affordable and sustainably source desalinated water.
Being one of the few desalination plants globally that has invested in a strategic alliance with the environment, it is no surprise that while reducing the environmental footprint typical desalination plants have on the earth; Aqua Brothers also plays a vital role in alleviating the drought-stricken areas of the broader Western Cape area.
The current drought and its effects have found no end date in sight and with a hot and dry summer ahead, we, at Aqua Brothers, have made a long-term commitment to providing affordable, accessible and sustainably source water to the province at large.
Playing your part in the water crisis has become the duty of all Capetonians, and therefore we invite you to join us in reducing your impact on the environment with our eco-friendly, premium desalinated water. Find out more about our SANS241 accredited water here
While we are focused on providing inhabitants of the Western Cape with healthy water in bulk supply, we are also focused on our impact on the environment. This is we have dedicated ourselves to maintaining an eco-friendly desalination plant. Find out more here