Water scarcity is a growing global issue, especially for delta regions which attract residential, municipal, and industrial development while also susceptible to salt water intrusion. Supplementing water supplies with alternative sources such as (treated) brackish water can help preserve freshwater sources and address water scarcity issues. However, in order to consider alternative sources a clear understanding of the technical and economic feasibility is just as important to consider as the social and environmental impacts. To address this, a literature review was completed to understand the state of desalinated water. Then a treatment train model (DESALT) was developed to bring together these opportunities and better assess the impacts and considerations.
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