HOH history
history

The first record of anyone trying a desalination process is actually found in the Bible. It is questionable, of course, but it reads of how Moses and the people of Israel came upon the waters of Marah, which were bitter. The passage reads …"And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast unto the waters, the waters were made sweet”…

An early interest in desalination came from a fear of dying of thirst out on sea. It was in the year 1791 that the United States was first involved and the first technical report was presented by Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State, to describe the results of a simple distillation process. The information was to be printed on the back of all the papers on board ships so that there would be a source of fresh water in case of emergency.

The first conversion units were made so that steam ships could have fresh boiled water. The new devices made the steam ships possible economically. The cargo bay would otherwise be full with fresh water to run the ship. By the Second World War hundreds of mobile desalination units were in use and all major vessels had them.

A water crisis after World War II stimulated the US government to find economical ways to make potable water from saline waters. In 1952 the cost became a critical factor since water had to be able to be used for agriculture, industry, and municipal uses. Laws were passed so that money could be spent to find new methods with less expense on a large scale. This was a great challenge for the scientists of the time which lead to one of the first steps ever taken by a State on desalination: the Saline Water Act of 1952. In April 1961 President John F. Kennedy said: "If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get freshwater from salt water, that would be in the long-range interest of humanity and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishments".
Triton Water Group was the FIRST COMPANY IN THE WORLD to take the revolutionary Pressure Exchangers (PX) in operation in one of our Seawater Desalination Plants back in 1997, making us pioneers in making president Kennedy’s dream a reality.