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The potential for desalination in India

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The demand for water in India is increasing rapidly owing to progressive increase in the use of water for irrigation, rapid industrialisation, population growth and improving life standards. A holistic approach is therefore required to cope with the freshwater needs of the country. It includes: seawater desalination in coastal areas; brackish water desalination; water purification; water reuse; rainwater harvesting; water supply schemes. The contribution of seawater and brackish water desalination would play an important role in augmenting the freshwater needs of the country.

Keywords: India, water availability, domestic water, agricultural water, industrial water, water requirements, constraints, freshwater needs, seawater desalination, brackish water desalination, water purification, water reuse, rainwater harvesting, water supply schemes

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