Climate change means some coastal groundwater may soon be too salty to drink. What can cities do – Cape May, New Jersey, USA

Cape May solved its problem with desalination. Could the rest of the world follow suit?

The only feasible solution was desalination…. “We’re looking to really step it up …[with] the next plant … that’ll be sustainable for … the next 50 plus years,” Mendo said.

Plant operator Joe Mendo says 70 percent of the water that goes in comes out as fresh water. The other 30 percent is concentrated salt water that goes into a nearby creek, which, he said, is not harmful because it is far less salty than actual salt water. […]

Climate change means some coastal groundwater may soon be too salty to drink. What can cities do – Cape May, New Jersey, USA2022-07-18T17:27:02+02:00

Cape May hopes state, federal grants will help fund a new desalination plant – New Jersey

In a century-old building at the end of Canning House Lane, a reverse osmosis system has the capacity to treat more than 1,000 gallons of water a minute.

It’s not enough. The solution could be a $35 million new facility. Much of the drinking water for Cape May and the surrounding communities must have its salt removed in a process called desalination.

Today, the city’s water system is under capacity. The city is looking at options, including an entirely new system.

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Cape May hopes state, federal grants will help fund a new desalination plant – New Jersey2022-04-14T13:19:49+02:00

Creeping salt water forces Cape May City to consider more desalination – New Jersey

Salt water is continuing to creep into private wells and some deep aquifers on the Cape May peninsula, forcing some homeowners to consider other sources of drinking water.

Prompting Cape May City to plan a sharp increase in capacity for a plant that desalinates sea water, state and local officials said.

Although salinity levels in about two dozen “sentinel” wells — those designed to provide an early warning of salt water intrusion — are still below limits set by the state Department of Environmental Protection, coastal communities are being […]

Creeping salt water forces Cape May City to consider more desalination – New Jersey2020-07-31T11:48:26+02:00
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