The salinity of water is based on the amount of dissolved salt. Fresh water has less than 0.05% salinity, so we can barely taste it. Brackish water contains between 0.5% and 3% salinity and is the next step up from freshwater. Brackish water is that middle ground between fresh water and salt water. Brackish water can occur naturally, as found in estuaries and aquifers, but can also be caused through human activities like dikes. As brackish water exists naturally, it is not directly harmful to our health. However, it can have a devastating effect on most terrestrial plants, so there is a need to manage brackish water properly.
Drinking your Brackish Water
Brackish water could be used as a source of fresh water for human consumption or commercial use. Brackish water can be transformed into fresh water using a desalination plant. A desalination plant uses reverse osmosis technology to separate the dissolved salts from the fresh water.
As brackish water is lower in salinity than seawater, you will find that for similar feed water volumes you will get a higher production of fresh water from a brackish water source compared to a seawater source. Furthermore, the capital and operational expenses of a brackish water desalination plant are lower than a seawater desalination plant.
Treatment of brackish water and desalination (using reverse osmosis) is just one treatment option. Call us to discuss your needs of send us your query through our online form.