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GOVERNMENT: Water, Water

The nation's most ambitious project for converting salt water into fresh water was dedicated last week at Freeport, Texas. From the Gulf of Mexico more than 1,000,000 gallons of sea water will be pumped daily to a $1,246,000 plant being built by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. Plant's purpose: to produce potable water by a distillation process for $1 or less per 1 ,000 gallons, the lowest cost anywhere in the world.

The Freeport plant is part of a $10 million U.S. Government project to prepare for the world's fast-growing demands for more fresh water. Today the U.S. uses...

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