Can potable water be replaced with seawater to solve the ongoing water crisis?

As South Africa faces water problems, there are suggestions around the need for alternative water sources.

Desalinating of seawater is one of the suggestion and Prof Anthony Turton , Centre for environmental management at University of the Free State talks to John Maytham about the viability of this suggestion.

Turton says that seawater cannot be used in toilets. He says although it can be used for other things there is a significant cost involved in desalination process.

It is dangerous to put seawater in systems that are not designed to use seawater

Prof Anthony Turton , Centre for environmental management at University of the Free State

Seawater unfortunately cannot be used in the flushing of toilets; the end destination of the waste is a biological process at a waste reusable plant

Prof Anthony Turton , Centre for environmental management at University of the Free State

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