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Desalination is the future
North County Times ^ | Sunday, July 11, 2004 | Ron Mittag

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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: desalination; drought; water

1 posted on 07/12/2004 2:40:48 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

Southern California has too many people living in an area which cannot sustain them.


2 posted on 07/12/2004 2:46:53 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Me<img src="dia: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: Willie Green

what do they do with all the salt?


3 posted on 07/12/2004 2:47:21 PM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: bannie

(Southern California has too many people living in an area which cannot sustain them.


BINGO!!!!!


Yea, and a lot of them are illegals!!!! drinking our water!


4 posted on 07/12/2004 2:48:28 PM PDT by Die_Hard Conservative Lady (I have left this blank for a reason....)
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To: ghost of nixon

I think it's returned to the sea in more concentrated brine.


5 posted on 07/12/2004 2:50:03 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: ghost of nixon

freedom fries...lots and lots of freedom fries


6 posted on 07/12/2004 2:51:52 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Me<img src="dia: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: Willie Green

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.


7 posted on 07/12/2004 3:47:34 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: Willie Green

But go ahead, bring in more illegals. Bring them ALL in!


8 posted on 07/12/2004 5:22:03 PM PDT by truthkeeper (Will the last American leaving Southern California please take the flag?)
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To: novacation

ping!


9 posted on 07/12/2004 5:22:35 PM PDT by truthkeeper (Will the last American leaving Southern California please take the flag?)
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To: truthkeeper
Way to go, California!

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?

10 posted on 07/12/2004 5:31:22 PM PDT by moondoggie
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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.


11 posted on 07/12/2004 5:32:33 PM PDT by capecodderathome
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To: capecodderathome
Capecodder is on the money. To desalinize seawater is energy intensive; it will probably take nuclear plants to support it.
12 posted on 07/12/2004 5:38:13 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: Willie Green

El Nino is our friend.


13 posted on 07/12/2004 5:40:45 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Willie Green
Isn't it interesting Willie that many, if not most, of California's great engineering problems are driven by the consequences of illegal immigration.

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?

14 posted on 07/12/2004 6:29:34 PM PDT by Amerigomag (What's wrong with the US....three little letters......FDR)
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To: bannie

There's a bus running...............


15 posted on 07/12/2004 6:32:07 PM PDT by Old Professer (Interests in common are commonly abused.)
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To: Malesherbes
To desalinize seawater is energy intensive; it will probably take nuclear plants to support it.

What's wrong with that?

16 posted on 07/12/2004 6:35:16 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

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.


17 posted on 07/12/2004 6:41:50 PM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad)
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To: ckilmer
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.

There already is a solution .... nuclear plants powering steam desalinization ...

But the NIMBY boys and girls in SoCal would lose their minds

18 posted on 07/12/2004 6:46:31 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Many a law, many a commandment have I broken, but my word never.)
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Desalination plants, water catchments, pipelines, aqueducts, reservoirs, etc = jobs and water.


19 posted on 07/12/2004 6:58:35 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Guillermo
You think the state of California is going to allow the construction of a nuclear power plant?

Can you say "Diablo Canyon" and "San Onofre"?


20 posted on 07/12/2004 7:35:27 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

How old are they? Are they pre-1980?


21 posted on 07/13/2004 4:41:50 AM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad)
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To: Willie Green

Toilet-to-tap

22 posted on 07/13/2004 12:14:29 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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