How do you make ocean water drinkable?


How do you make ocean water drinkable? Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society describes the methods that can be used to remove salt from seawater to make it drinkable. 

The ocean holds 97 percent of the Earth’s water, but this supply is up to 60 times saltier than fresh water. 

Reverse osmosis or distillation are processes that can be used to remove salt from seawater. However, these methods are currently too costly in terms of both money and energy to use on a large scale. Making Ocean Water Drinkable Is Much Harder Than You Think Flocculation Chambers. Before the seawater can be filtered, it’s destabilized in a process known as flocculation, using a coagulant such as ferric sulfate to bind microscopic particles. MultiMedia Filtration Tanks. After flocculation, the seawater is moved to 18 multimedia filter tanks.

The water found in the sea is totally salty in nature and the water that has a high salt content can never satisfy thirst. But the water that is found in gulf does not contain salt and hence this water can easily be purified and converted into drinking water.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: American Chemical Society

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