By Raven Fon
With Californians facing a scarcity of drinking water in the coming years, there will surely be an increase in the amount of power it takes to produce clean water.
Thankfully for them, and us, such designs as ‘The Pipe’ might just be the answer to California’s severe clean water shortage issues.
The design was sent in to LAGI (Land Art Generator Initiative) – a design competition for the city of Santa Monica. The Canadian engineering firm Abdolaziz Khalili and Associates are the designers and creators of The Pipe.
The Pipe might be a beautiful piece of art, but it also “represents a change in the future of water.”
Khalili Engineers say The Pipe could generate 10,000 MWh of energy and desalinate 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water per year. That’s incredible!
“What results are two products: pure drinkable water that is directed into the city’s primary water piping grid, and clear water with twelve percent salinity. The drinking water is piped to shore, while the salt water supplies the thermal baths before it is redirected back to the ocean,” the design reads.