As California faces water scarcity in the coming years, the amount of energy needed to produce water will surely increase. Luckily, designs like ‘The Pipe’ may be able to solve California’s severe water shortage problems.

Submitted to LAGI (Land Art Generator Initiative) – a design competition for the city of Santa Monica, The Pipe was designed by the Canadian engineering firm Abdolaziz Khalili and Associates. Not only is The Pipe a wonderful piece of art, but it also “represents a change in the future of water”. According to Khalili Engineers, The Pipe could annually generate 10,000 MWh and desalinate 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water.

“What results are two products: pure drinkable water that is directed into the city’s primary water piping grid, and clear water with twelve percent salinity. The drinking water is piped to shore, while the salt water supplies the thermal baths before it is redirected back to the ocean,” the design reads.

More info: (h/t: inhabitat)