May 8, 1961: First Practical Seawater Desalination Plant

Seawater Desalination Plant (Evaporation Method), Freeport, Texas

Seawater Desalination Plant (Evaporation Method), Freeport, Texas

May 8, 1961: Office of Saline Water, U.S. Dept. of the Interior opened first practical seawater conversion plant in U.S. in Freeport, TX; designed to produce about million gallons of water a day at cost of about $1.25 per thousand gallons; large-scale evaporation method used then replaced by reverse osmosis as scientific advances have produced special polymers suitable for use as filtering membranes.

Commentary:  Looks pretty clunky compared to today’s technology.

Reference: “Business History.” Website http://www.businesshistory.com/index.php, Accessed November 14, 2012.

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