HGS E & E - Desalination: A Drought Proof Solution for the State of Texas

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Black Lab Pub, Churchill Room • 4100 Montrose Blvd.
Social 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 Preregistered members; $35 non-members & walk-ups
Emeritus/Life/Honorary: $15; Students: FREE
To guarantee a seat, you must pre-register on the HGS website and pay with a credit card.  You may walk up and pay at the door if extra seats are available.  Please cancel by phone or email within 24 hours before the event for a refund.  Online & pre-registration closes Wednesday, March 12, at 5:00 a.m.

Speaker:  Paul Choules
Senior Vice President of Business Development, Water Standard


Desalination: A Drought Proof Solution for the State of Texas

There is heightened interest in the process of desalination as a proposed drought-proof solution with the ultimate goal of mitigating the harsh effects of drought that have impacted the state of Texas since 2011. It is also important to note that the draw to desalination is comprised of more than alleviating impact of the drought. Several positive outcomes result from desalination: 1) ensuring water supply to industrial and public sectors, 2) avoiding restrictions on local and international economic activities due to unforeseen water scarcities, and 3) preventing overuse and depletion of the state’s natural water resources.

Even more compelling is that the state has spearheaded several recommendations on seawater desalination as one of the primary water management strategies that would potentially result in 125,514 acre-feet per year of new water supply by 2060 (TWDB, 2012). Interest in the use of brackish groundwater as an alternative source of water for desalination also continues to grow as opposed to the sole use of seawater. Another appealing aspect of the use of brackish water is that its salt content is much less in comparison with seawater. In addition, it is also more cost effective when desalted. Nevertheless, other factors such as quantity, demand, economics, and environmental impact must be considered prior to commencement of any desalination project regardless of water source.

Biographical Sketch

During his over 30 years in the desalination industry, Mr. Choules has worked in the areas of business development, permitting, start-up, commissioning, project management, and operating of reverse osmosis and thermal desalination plants around the world with Industrial, Oil & Gas, and Municipal clients. Prior to joining Water Standard, Mr. Choules served as VP with Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies where he led the development and execution of multiple projects in the Industrial and Municipal markets. Prior to Veolia acquiring Weir Techna, Mr. Choules was Techna’s regional VP for the Americas when they contracted and constructed multiple water treatment projects for offshore O&G facilities. His experience also includes 19 years at MECO where he was responsible for providing support to over 250 desalination installations and developed and executed some of the first successful membrane Desal plants in the Middle East. He was identified as one of 36 global desalination expert “Desalters” in the history of the industry by Global Water Intelligence in August 2011.


  • Texas Desalination Association – Board Member and Current President
  • Caribbean Desalination Association – Board Member and Current President
March 12th, 2014 5:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
HGS Member $ 30.00
Non-Member $ 35.00
Emeritus/Life/Honorary $ 15.00
Student $ 0.00
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