Removal of salt (sodium chloride) and other minerals from the sea water to make it suitable for human consumption and/or industrial use. The most common desalination methods employ reverse-osmosis in which salt water is forced through a membrane that allows water molecules to pass but blocks the molecules of salt and other minerals.

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  • The ocean water has been sanitized, cleaned, and purified by desalination,boiling and filtration in order to make it adequate for drinking.

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  • Since the city is near the coast, a desalination plant is the best option to provide fresh drinking water for the community.

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  • California is experiencing a drought, so I hope the state government decides to build a desalination plant around where I live.

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