Skip to comments.Desalination is the future
Posted on 07/12/2004 2:40:45 PM PDT by Willie Green
Most of the water we drink in San Diego County comes from the Colorado River. Seven other states and parts of Mexico also rely on the Colorado River for water.
California must reduce its draw from the river, and the Interior Department is threatening to declare a Colorado River water shortage, which could further reduce California's share.
Excessive reliance on imported water is unreliable. The San Diego County Water Authority has been working to supplement local supplies, including the water purchase agreement with the Imperial Valley. But this provides only stopgap relief.
Desalination is a good alternative to imported water because it's increasingly affordable, reliable and under San Diego's control, not the control of the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District. Desalination also would provide valuable economic and environmental benefits.
(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...
Southern California has too many people living in an area which cannot sustain them.
what do they do with all the salt?
(Southern California has too many people living in an area which cannot sustain them.
Yea, and a lot of them are illegals!!!! drinking our water!
I think it's returned to the sea in more concentrated brine.
freedom fries...lots and lots of freedom fries
the newest RO desalination plants are coming in at $650@acre -foot. (By way of comparison colorado water for LA comes in at about $450@acre foot)
The feds are about to launch a major R&D drive to bring desalination costs down much further--as a lot of new tools have been developed and are currently laying around to be tested and developed.
DeConcini of New Mexico is going to give a speech on the matter on Wednesday 7/14.
But go ahead, bring in more illegals. Bring them ALL in!
You waited until you sucked the Colorado River dry before deciding to use that big ocean that's been available to you for years!
P.S. What are all those environmental wackos going to say?
Why not go all the way. A nuke/de-salinization combo. Dependance on the CO River is foolhardy. Folks in CO have been
on retrictions for years now. I know people who*s well dried up two years ago, and have been hauling water for that long; just for simple things in life: like flushing the toilet.
El Nino is our friend.
You'd think that comparing the cost of immigration enforcement against the cost of desalinization, or the cost of a rapid rail system, or the cost of a huge electric inter-tie and grid would be a no brainer wouldn't you?
There's a bus running...............
What's wrong with that?
You think the state of California is going to allow the construction of a nuclear power plant?
Even if they wanted one, from what I understand, the regulations are so stringent that it's virtually impossible to do it.
There already is a solution .... nuclear plants powering steam desalinization ...
But the NIMBY boys and girls in SoCal would lose their minds
Desalination plants, water catchments, pipelines, aqueducts, reservoirs, etc = jobs and water.
Can you say "Diablo Canyon" and "San Onofre"?
How old are they? Are they pre-1980?
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