I am a geology student writing to you and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor in support of H.R. 745, which is pending in Congress and provides for further funding for research and development of freshwater options through desalination.
The most important necessity for human survival is clean water, the presence of which is becoming more of a problem in the United States. Water conservation alone will not solve the problem. Inherently, humans are contaminators, such as with industrial waste dumping and violently shaking the Earth on purpose to dislodge precious oil from massive shale deposits. These actions damage our freshwater supplies at alarming rates.
We need solutions — and fast. Desalination could be a long-term solution for the growing demands for freshwater resources. In tandem with other alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar, desalination provides better opportunities for sustainable clean water supplies, as well as for a cleaner environment for cleaner food sources.
Building desalination facilities through the private sector has run into high costs, negligible accountability and environmental regulation issues. New technology research is essential if we are going to meet the water challenges of the future.
I feel it is imperative that funding and regulations be set by our national government for the country as a whole in order to secure sustainable options for clean water supplies for all of us.