A Cost Benefit Analysis of a Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Environmental Policy And Management


Anton Camarota


desalination; produced waters; Saline water conversion -- Cost effectiveness; Saline water conversion plants -- New Mexico


The current water shortage has challenged the world to find new technologies that will generate new sources of water. Desalination began in the 1600's, but has not been widely used in the United States. Treatment of brackish or produced waters have been cost prohibitive, however, today many new desalination technologies have lowered the costs substantially. This paper evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of several desalination systems. A cost benefit analysis has been conducted on five different desalination processes within the context of New Mexico's current situation for potential use in Carlsbad, New Mexico. A desalination process has been selected to clean brackish and produced water, in Eddy County, to meet drinking water standards. Desalination of brackish and produced waters will replenish the water needed in the arid desert of New Mexico.

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