>>7775107 I was a submariner in the US Navy. I got to my second boat (my first was a torn apart skellington) just a few months after they installed the new reverse osmosis plants. The RO plants produced something like 80% of what the old desalinization plant did, but every senior mechanic that I ever spoke to swore up and down that RO units were infinitely better because they didn't break down if you so much as looked at them funny. They'd talk about spending half a deployment on restricted potable use (ie no showers for anyone). Two weeks after I got to the command our washer and dryer broke and we couldn't get replacement parts for months. Fuck the Navy.
>>7775107 The amount of energy required to distill water versus the amount of energy required to pump water through reverse osmosis and filtration equipment is much higher making it unable to compete as a manufacturing process on a commercial scale.
This is not to speak of initial investment. On a small scale, distillation makes sense because of the lower cost of investment, technical knowledge and overhead costs. However, a serious mass commercial operation will find that over the life of the operation that in initial investment is quickly outpaced by the operating costs. Thus, reverse osmosis wins out.
It really is that simple, it is all about money.
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