DOUG HARRIS/GETTY IMAGES The Saltwater Clean-up project is being touted as a way to bring the world’s cleanest waters to the desert.
The initiative aims to clean up a vast desert by pumping out as much as 5.5 billion litres of salt every hour of every day.
It is part of a massive programme to tackle global warming, and to remove pollution from the desert, but the programme’s chief executive has been criticised for not going far enough.
One of the key concerns of the project’s supporters is that it could have the effect of turning desert into a tourist attraction, and that people will use the project as a means of escape.
But Dr. Dan Mancuso, chief executive of the Saltwater Recovery Trust, said the plan is part and parcel of a much bigger effort to clean the desert of pollutants, which is what the project is supposed to achieve.
“This is the biggest thing we are doing to clean our desert,” he said.
“We are doing it to reduce greenhouse gases, we are not going to go to any other destination and then use that as a base for other activities.”
So what exactly is the plan?
The plan is called the Salt Water Clean-Up Project, and it involves the use of a network of pumps to pump out as many as five billion litres per day, or about 20 million tons a day, of salt from the sands.
It was unveiled in March, and has been a success so far.
The Salt Water Recovery Trust has set aside a further $1.3 billion in order to continue pumping out salt water.
Mancaso said the organisation had already seen a 50 per cent reduction in pollution, and a 30 per cent drop in salt water contamination.
So far, the Salt River is at its highest level in more than two decades.
But the project faces opposition from conservationists, who say the scheme is unnecessary and is being implemented for a purely religious purpose.
The project’s biggest critics are the United Nations and the Catholic Church.
The World Health Organization has called the project “irresponsible” and said the Clean Water Action Plan, which it has endorsed, is not enough.
“Salt water is essential for our planet, essential for human health and vital for our ability to thrive,” said Archbishop Mark Clements of St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, in a statement.
“It is a precious resource that cannot be exploited by the unscrupulous or unscrupulous in any way.”
The plan also faced opposition from the Catholic Archdiocese of San Diego.
“The Salt Water Management Project is a false dichotomy, which fails to account for the fact that a large portion of the pollution and pollution pollution comes from human activities and that the Clean Waters Action Plan does not adequately address these concerns,” the archdiocese said in a blog post.
It said the project was “not a substitute for clean water”, and urged the public to continue to demand cleaner water.
What does the plan involve?
The Salt River Basin Authority (SRBA) is a non-profit organisation, and manages the Salt Lake City and Salt Lake Valley.
The SRBA operates three clean water facilities, one in Utah and one in Nevada.
They were set up as part of the Clean-Water Action Plan.
They include a large saltwater storage facility and a large clean water treatment plant, which they operate jointly with the SRBA.
They are jointly managed by the SRBC and the Desert Conservation Trust.
The three facilities will be operated by the Salt Spring River Basin Water Company, owned by the US Department of Energy.
They will pump out about 3.3 million cubic metres of salt per day to each of the three storage sites.
The salt water will then be transferred to two salt water treatment plants, each of which will take about 2.3 tonnes of salt.
The first plant is expected to begin operation by the end of this year, and the second plant will start operating in 2021.
Both plants will be located in Utah, and they are intended to be permanent.
The purpose of the two treatment plants is to prevent the discharge of any pollutants into the desert or ocean.
The water will be treated to remove any pollutants from the salt water before it is sent to the SRBAs three other facilities.
The four-storey saltwater treatment plant will operate in Nevada and Utah.
It will take water from the Salt Springs Reservoir and store it in a tank.
The second plant is to be located at the SRBSA site in Utah.
The system will take two million cubic meters of salt water per day from the reservoir and transfer it to a storage tank.
It then will be transported by a truck to the Salt Basin Water Treatment Plant in California.
The third and final facility is at the S.S. Salt Lake Salt Lake.
The facility will take 3 million