With the seeming rapid depletion of potable water on Earth, nations are scrambling for viable water sources to resolve the growing severity of the problem. The U.S. state of California, for one, has turned to the largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean, for the key to end the state’s progressive struggle with drought.
The Golden State’s extreme drought is now on its fourth year, according to NBC News, and so far, much of the state’s hopes lie in how to turn the vast amounts of seawater into drinking water. This fall, the Poseidon Water in Carlsbad, San Diego, will provide around 50 million gallons of water to Californian communities. This is reportedly the largest desalination plant in the West Coast, costing more than $1 billion to build. This is not the first desalination plant in the state, though.