Brackish Water

The salinity of water is based on the amount of dissolved salt.  Fresh water has less than 0.05% salinity, so we can barely taste it.  The next step up in salinity content is called brackish water.  Brackish water contains between 0.5% and 3% salinity.  Brackish water is that middle ground between fresh water and salt water.  Brackish water can occur naturally, as found in estuaries and aquifers, but can also be caused through human activities like dikes.

Because brackish water exists naturally it is not directly harmful to our health.  However, brackish water can have a devastating effect on most terrestrial plants, so there is a need to manage brackish water properly.  If you do find that brackish water is becoming a problem or you feel that you could make better use of the brackish water in your area there are several solutions that could assist you.

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Drinking your Brackish Water

Brackish water could be used as a source of fresh water for human consumption or commercial use.  Yes that sounds like some kind of magic trick but it isn’t.  Brackish water can be transformed into fresh water using a desalination plant.  A desalination plant uses reverse osmosis technology to separate the dissolved salts from the fresh water.  Because brackish water is lower in salinity than seawater, you will find that for similar feed water volumes you will get a higher production of fresh water from a brackish water source compared to a seawater source. Furthermore, the capital and operational expenses of a brackish water desalination plant are lower than a seawater desalination plant.

Treatment of brackish water and desalination (using reverse osmosis) is just one treatment option, why not come in and discuss your needs today! Send us your query here and we will get back to you in 24 hours!