Desalination booms at 15% a year as world water dries up

In the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, 158 438 residents of the city of Copiapó suffered daily cut-offs of tap water last year as Anglo American and other companies helped suck nearby aquifers dry for their mines. With little water left for drinking or mining, the government of President Sebastián Piñera convinced the companies to seek a solution to the water crisis 60 kilometres away from Copiapó – on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

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