SANTANYÍ, Campos and Ses Salines in Mallorca, Spain, have joined forces to demand that a new desalination plant is built to guarantee a supply of drinking water in the municipalities.

Desalination is the removal of salt and impurities from seawater to produce a fresh supply suitable for drinking and irrigation. Through a reverse osmosis system, seawater is passed through a pre-treatment filter that removes large and small particles.

Maria Pons, the Mayor of Santanyí, has presented her request for the new plant to Joana Maria Garau, the Director General of Water Resources of the Ministry of Environment. Pons asks that a plant is built to improve the quality of water in the municipality, which is currently poor, through a system that will “help raise the water levels of the wells to allow for a potable supply.”