California Needs Desalination Facilities Now.
Posted in the California Forum
#1 Jul 14, 2014
Today the Great State of Texas has nearly 100 desalination facilities working and turning Gulf of Mexico sea water and brackish or outright briny aquifer ground water into 138 MILLION gallons of drinking water a day. The Gulf, of course provides an exhaustible supply of salt water and the estimate on brackish or briny aquifer water is 2.7 BILLION acre feet (1-acre foot of water = 325,851 gallons. You do the math)
California has 840 miles of Pacific Coast compared to Texas’ 300 plus miles. California, like Texas has, has huge, mid-sized, and small aquifers. Does California have ways to regenerate aquifers during heavy rain? Texas does and Texas requires aquifer recharge ponds wherever development has sprung up. It will rain again in California and it will be heavy rain, filling reservoirs in one season that the state says will take 9-years of normal rainfall. It happened more than once in the nearly 50-years I lived there.
Does the water cost more? I imagine it does, but I have cool, clear water. Texas is going to continue to encourage the construction of desalination plants for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile in California you have some of the richest farmland in the world lying fallow: A $40 BILLION business going down the drain so to speak. Perhaps the bullet train from LA to San Francisco is more important, or the Victorville to Vegas bullet train that Brown wants. If it had a chance of making money, private enterprise would be looking at building it, like they are in Texas.
If you guys can afford not pumping and refining your own crude, good for you. If you can afford high electric rates, high water rates, high gasoline prices, good for you. If you can afford to let a $40 Billion dollar industry degrade, then good for you. Your politicians are not suffering and they all leave office a lot richer than when they entered it. All they have to do is listen to the lobbyists and ignore you.
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