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The 2002 U.S. drought resulted in $10.0 billion in damages . . . . . . Drought can last for several years, and devastate agriculture . . . . . . The 1998 U.S. drought resulted in over $40 billion in damages, more than Hurricane Andrew or the San Francisco earthquake . . . . . . The 1984-1985 drought in the Horn of Africa caused a famine which killed 750,000 people . . . . . . The last time the U.S. went without a drought was 1979 . . . . . . Without action, by the year 2050, about half of the world's population will face severe water shortages . . . . . . Over 1 billion people live without clean drinking water . . . . . . The world's population tripled in the 20th century, and is expected to increase by another 40-50 percent in the next 50 years . . . . . . The need for renewable water sources has grown six-fold . . . . . . There is the same amount of freshwater in the world today as there was 1 million years ago . . . . . . Experts predict groundwater supplies in some areas of India will be gone in 5 to 10 years . . . . . . Scarcity of water supplies will likely trigger global conflict . . . . . . "We're going to see a move to surround and commodify the world's fresh water ... there's going to be a grab." -- Maude Barlow . . . . . . "If people remain thirsty for water, then we shall doubtless face war." -- Meir Ben Meir . . . . . . "It's not a question of 'if' there's a shortage anymore, it's 'when.' " -- Sid Wilson . . . . . . Less than 2 percent of Earth's water is potable . . . . . . To grow a bag of potatoes requires 100 liters of water ... to grow 1 kg of beef requires 13,000 liters of water . . . . . . Global water consumption doubles every 20 years, twice the rate of the growth of Earth’s population . . . . . . If current rate of water usage continues, over 90 percent of all available freshwater will be in use by 2030 . . . . . . “One of the biggest likely areas of future conflict is going to be over water.” -- Retired U.S. General Charles F. Wald . . . . . .

The SEA Panel is a simple, plastic device, which when placed in sunlight and filled with nondrinkable water, will produce pure, distilled water.

“One of the biggest likely areas of future conflict is going to be over water.”
-- Retired U.S. General Charles F. Wald, former deputy, commander of U.S. European Command

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If fresh water was being born as fast as all of those cute little babies, then we could do something other than desalination. But the world's population is increasing and our sources of ground and surface water are decreasing ... lakes shrink, wells run dry. The river that used to supply a few thousand people and ten farms now has to supply tens of thousands of people and hundreds of farms.

Is this a crisis? Not to us. We look at the growing need for water as an opportunity for people to get a little closer to the way nature makes fresh water, through the sea and the sun. And for all the design work, computer simulations and physics, our technology is only the crudest imitation of the most perfect desalination technology, Mother Nature's. But we like to think that she would approve of SEA Panels, because they catch the rain the way aquifers do, they purify water the way the atmosphere does, they manage salt the way the ground does, and they do it all the way she does, with just a little sun energy.

Desalination is poised to become a key industry as Fortune 100 companies invest billions to satisfy the world's thirst. We have no doubt that the massive projects these companies implement will be crucial to global health and economy. But we see a slightly different side of the future of desalination, where people who need water for their homes, businesses and crops have access to simple, patented technology to make that water from either sea water or polluted ground water.

SEA Desalination's mission is water for people. We believe in technology that can be deployed by someone without specialized training. We believe that advanced technology should be field repairable with a roll of duct-tape. We believe in spending years on the drawing table, and tuning the forces of nature to exploit the laws of physics. We believe that the most powerful tools of social change are the ones that people can touch, the ones that people trust to improve their lives, and the ones that let people sleep easy.

The Solar Evaporation Array is our hammer, our anvil, or thread and our needle, it is the tool that people will use to help feed their children.

-- Mike Wofsey, 6/13/08
Photo by Laura Shill, University Relations The University of Alabama