Desal America plans to bring jobs, portable desal stations to Moss ...

Desalination is coming to the Monterey Bay, though not yet in the way people have been debating. Full Story
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Aug 13, 2010
I wish this company well but i wonder if they realize what they've stepped into and partnered with. Extremely high rent for a site where electricity is not available to most buildings nor is water or sewer. The only thing green about Moss landing business park is the green paint on the old cyclone fencing around the perimeter.
Containerized treatment systems are not novel or new but they do offer the advantage of being brought online quickly during an emergency.
If the EPA, OSHA and Monterey co building and environmental health were allowed onsite, it would be an eye opener. One of the first things you sign away as a leasee is your rights knowing how toxic this site is, acknowledging cancer causing conditions exist there.
Nader Agha has tried to tie his camel to other projects like Pacific Bio Diesel which is now no more than leaking plastic containers of used restaurant oil that have been setting for several years and bins of scattered rusted parts and equipment, Nader kicked his new darling out of their building when the USDA moved in and were relocated to an unsecured building that had no water, electricity or sewer, dozens of broken windows , leaking and infested with pigeons and broken into several times with no concern for his share croppers well being. When the price and production for bio fuel fell flat and Pacific Bio couldn't meet Nader's green dreams he kicked his new bride to the curb. I don't predict this one to last long either...
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Aug 13, 2010
I wonder what would motivate a company like Desal America to relocate from NM to Moss landing? Nearly of the commercial water treatment during the electronics boom years is long gone. Food production requirements have scaled back, salt based regeneration of ionic resins is now outlawed in CA.
The big players, Poseidon Water, US Filter, Ionics, Aqua Design, GE and Siemens have pared backed dramatically or closed. Most of the containerized desal builders now are in florida where labor and related costs are lower than CA. those in FL are priced less than half the cost quoted in the article using the same technology.
Maybe they hope to hitch their star to Moss Landing Cement still riding a high from one investment infusion to the next like hummingbirds until they are forced prove themselves in the market. There is no strong local market for desal and the regional major players in commercial water treatment have the market sewn up. Maybe they smell blood in the drought conditions here and hope to get a foot in the door?
When I worked for Ionics in the 90's, we were the largest producer of this kind of equipment on the west coast. We had a force of about 10 worker bee's that built large and skid mounted equipment. It wasn't the equipment that GE who bought Ionics wanted, it was access to technology, in essence, there is little to no profit in building this so again why would this company move here? http://www.desalamerica.com/
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Aug 13, 2010
Stan Lueck owned R.O/ DI in Aztec and was a former employee of David Paul Inc (water treatment education) in Farmingham, NM. BTW, if anyone is interested David Paul is THE place to learn water...
Geof

Los Altos, CA

#4 Aug 13, 2010
I was the final design engineer for a similar units built for the island of Diego Garcia in the early 1970's - Our test site was Ft Walton Beach/ Destin in Florida.
There was no Coastal Commission to cause enormous delays and unrealistic expenses.
I can only imagine there will be vast amounts of federal money available to help develop a site that should be bulldozed down.
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Aug 13, 2010
Geof wrote:
I was the final design engineer for a similar units built for the island of Diego Garcia in the early 1970's - Our test site was Ft Walton Beach/ Destin in Florida.
There was no Coastal Commission to cause enormous delays and unrealistic expenses.
I can only imagine there will be vast amounts of federal money available to help develop a site that should be bulldozed down.
Geof, this is pretty much boiler plate design today and membranes are 10% of the cost back then. No more pelton wheel type energy recovery either. The achilles heel for the local desal plant is environmentally driven and it remains to be seen if the project goes through. The insane costs are developmental, here. I haven't built one in over a decade but I am designing water recovery and recycling using UF and nano membranes..
smokestack

Houston, TX

#6 Aug 13, 2010
I'm all for it and wish them much success!!
Wild Turkey

San Francisco, CA

#7 Aug 13, 2010
Must be cheaper.
Dogbert

Moss Landing, CA

#8 Aug 14, 2010
Thank you for the input, some well writen letters.
Im a local in Moss landing waiting for the jobs to come. and waiting, much tado about nothing. How Many jobs are created? Real jobs?

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