Sunshine we have into the water we need.

SolRio is a nonprofit organization with a mission to mitigate drought through solar-powered desalination

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Our vision embraces regional scale, solar-powered desalination to provide the water we need for continued ecological, social and economic vitality. Come explore how we can protect our fish, our farms, our families and our future from drought and climate change. Join our effort to secure a sound, environmentally balanced, secure future for everyone in America’s Southwest.

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Water from the ocean

We start with desalinating ocean water through reverse osmosis, using an existing desalination facility located on the California coast.

Energy from the sun

Unlike other desalination operations, SolRio’s desalination process is powered by the sun, reducing our footprint and our dependence on fossil fuels.

Clean drinking water

The result is new, clean, fresh drinking water that can be delivered to the utilities and irrigation districts though out the Southwest.

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Why DeSal is the Sanest Option to more ‘Damn’ Building

Why DeSal is the Sanest Option to more ‘Damn’ Building

We’re in a drought – who in the southwest hasn’t heard these words? But is our drought due to climate change, poor...

The Better Water Project: How SunRiver will Ensure Water Security for the American Southwest

The Better Water Project: How SunRiver will Ensure Water Security for the American Southwest

There are currently two large-scale water projects proposed with the goal of securing water supply in times of drought and...

Where, oh where does all that water go?

Where, oh where does all that water go?

So, now we know where water comes from (rain and other types of precipitation), but where does it all go?...

Hey El Niño – where is all the rain going?

Hey El Niño – where is all the rain going?

We know that with climate change, comes flash floods, heavy rain, and rivers overflowing; Yet the western US always seems...

The Real Water Problem

The Real Water Problem

In the last century, schools taught a simple maxim: “Water is neither created nor destroyed”. Every school child knew this;...

We Have a Water Problem

America’s Southwest is running out of water. Our region’s growth over the last century has been possible because aqueducts and...

SolRio, visioning a future by creating renewable supplies of clean water…

SolRio, visioning a future by creating renewable supplies of clean water…

I was driving along scenic highway US 395 the other day, passing first picture perfect Mono Lake and a few...

China’s Switch from Coal Threatens Exporters

China’s Switch from Coal Threatens Exporters

By Alex Kirby Coal consumption in China may be cut much faster than observers expect, leaving the mining sector −...

Can We Afford Critical Infrastructure?

Can We Afford Critical Infrastructure?

Once the USA was a financially powerful country, but we may have frittered that away. Infrastructure is important for our national...

Sunshine We Have into the Water We Need

Sunshine We Have into the Water We Need

We live in a land with lots of sunshine, but not enough water. The recently released National Climate Assessment predicts...