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Desalination plants have cautionary history

While many countries have looked to desalination plants as the solution to water shortages, not all plants have proved successful.

The inside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant in El Paso on April 16, 2012.

While many countries have looked to desalination plants as the solution to water shortages, not all plants have proved successful. In Australia, four large plants built during a national drought are now offline, still costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in maintenance — demonstrating that changes in conditions that inspire such megaprojects can result in unforeseen consequences. (Circle of Blue)

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