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Finding alternative water sources for power plants via Google Earth

US: Tulsa-based Arthur Langhus Layne (ALL) Consulting LLC has developed an internet-based GIS tool that catalogues non-traditional sources of water. The tool will help power plants locate alternative water sources that can be used for electricity production instead of valuable, limited fresh water.

The GIS application employs a Google Earth interface to allow plant operators to zero-in on alternative sources of water. Called the Alternative Water Source Information System (AWSIS), the application facilitates in-depth analysis of the location and characteristics of available nontraditional water sources.

Using the Google Earth interface, the user can select a power plant by clicking on a map symbol or by searching for a specific power plant by plant name or operator. A pop-up balloon displays basic plant information. With another click, the user can get additional plant information and a summary of alternative water sources within a 15-mile radius – which can include abandoned mine pools, oil- and gas-produced water, saline aquifers, or publicly owned treatment plants.

Source: Daily Fusion