U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

17:07 minutes

As reservoirs disappear and wells run dry, cities around the U.S. are turning to saltwater to meet their water needs. Mike Hightower of Sandia National Labs and Amy Zander of Clarkson University talk about the future of desalination and its impacts on energy and the environment. Is it sustainable enough to succeed?

Segment Guests

Michael Hightower

Michael Hightower is a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Amy Zander

Amy Zander is professor and director of engineering and management at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.