Latin America: where modern desalination began

Emilio Gabbrielli, vice president – business development, Toray Membrane USA Inc

SWRO plant providing 50% of potable water supply to the city of Antofagasta, Chile

SWRO plant providing 50% of potable water supply to the city of Antofagasta, Chile

For several years, the author, currently on D&WR's editorial board, has enjoyed giving presentations on the history of desalination, especially for the benefit of the younger generations of desalters. They have the impression, he says, that desalination started on the continent of America only a few years ago, rather than more than 200 years ago.

This article relies on information he has collected during his career and on some provided by expert friends like Jim Birkett, West Neck Strategies.

This article first appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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