California’s dreadful multi-year drought has left one of the world’s most hugely productive agricultural zones in dry and draining desperation.
But a bold new water recycling scheme – greener, cleaner and far more efficient – is offering some urgently needed hope.
In the state’s vast Central Valley, a company called WaterFX is developing a practical, potentially game-changing way to reclaim and clean agricultural waste water.
“It’s typically thought that, because of the high energy consumption associated with distilling water – which is essentially boiling it – it’s not a good use of our energy resources,” WaterFX co-founder Dr. Matthew Stuber told Yahoo Canada.
“However, once we couple it with renewable energy, it becomes a different proposition.”
WaterFX's upcoming HydroRevolution project in California uses solar energy to turn waste water into steam, which cooks out all the impurities. As clean, fresh water condenses, that energy is released, recaptured and pumped right back intoRead More »from Sun could hold key to solving California's water problems