Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.~ W. H. Auden
In case you haven’t heard, California has a water problem. Under dire drought conditions the state is slowly turning brown. The state’s best hope for a drought-proof water supply is desalination plants. There were at one time, fifteen in the works, but as far as I know there is only one under construction now. It’s location: Carlsbad, a suburb of San Diego, approximately ninety miles south of me via the I-5. For years desalination plants have been discussed in great detail. Even though the technology is used in arid regions of the world like Israel and Saudi Arabia, is California ready to turn to the Pacific Ocean for their drinking water supply? Or will the idea fall flat because it might cost too much, or some believe it’s too harmful for the environment, or it’s too improbable to work? After all, the state has tried desalination before in Santa Barbara. The plant opened in 1991, supplied water for a mere four months and once the drought ended, the city closed the place down. Why? Because water from reservoirs was much cheaper.
Below is a video I found on youtube that explains desalination.
Whatever the solution is, California needs to address the issue, sooner rather than later, and do something other than restricting watering a lawn. The issue has passed crisis mode. If the legislators aren’t willing to step up and fix the problem, then the public needs to put pressure on them to do so.