Desalination plant outfall at San Ramón (Credit: Alan Harper/flickr)

Desalination plants are on the rise—so is their salty, chemical waste

Study finds desalination plants are discharging more than 37 billion gallons of chemical-laden brine every day. Scientists say the technology remains important in the battle against water scarcity but there's an urgent need to find solutions to deal with waste.

The rise of desalination plants, now almost 16,000 worldwide, has led to a glut of brine waste—much of which is dumped into oceans, which can raise salinity to dangerous levels and put toxic chemicals in the marine environment threatening ocean life, according to a new study.

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Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Ensia and is printed here as part of a republishing partnership. Read the original here.

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