Water industry backs nuclear desalination

29 April 2010

The future prospect of co-located nuclear or renewable energy powered water desalination facilities has been supported by leading water experts at the Global Water Summit 2010 in Paris, Water and Wastewater International (WWi) reported. Speaking at the conference, Imad Makhzoumi, president of the International Desalination Association (IDA) said: "Nuclear is enjoying a resurgence. We must reach out to the nuclear sector - where all nuclear projects are being considered, desalination must be taken into account [where appropriate]." Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Black & Veatch's global water business, told WWi, "I've heard leaders in the energy business say that nuclear has to be a large part of their portfolio for the future." He added, "If you think about combining that with reverse osmosis, forward osmosis or any of the technologies, that could be a fairly efficient way to deliver water supply."