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Utilities tap water ‘microgrid’ tech for new supply

Jeremy P. Jacobs of E&E News reports on different innovations that are addressing droughts out west.

>>>READ: Google to replenish 20% more water than it uses by 2030<<<

The C3 Take
  • As drought impacts western states, utilities are looking to innovative solutions for water supply.
  • One company that is looking to solve this problem is Ecomerit Technologies, which is deploying buoys that desalinate water at sea and pipe the water back to water stations along the coast.
  • Another company is San Francisco-based Epic Cleantec which builds systems that treat the wastewater of apartment buildings on site and repurpose it for irrigation and cooling towers.
  • Private sector innovation is solving our greatest environmental challenges.

“Perhaps the most ambitious endeavor comes from the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Ecomerit Technologies. Its plan calls for deploying ‘SeaWell Buoys’ that will desalinate water at sea, then pipe it to water stations built along the coast. The stations are about the size of lighthouses, and from there, the water would be added to a local utility’s water supply.”

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