California has just experienced the driest year ever recorded. According to Governor Jerry Brown’s office we may be subject to mandatory conservation measures if this persists.
Is there anything that can be done about this situation, other than wait for rain? Yes there is, and Carlsbad, California is doing it.
This coastal city is poised to become the home of the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere. On December 28, 2012, Poseidon Water began construction on this project, and plans to begin delivering water to the businesses and residents in San Diego County by 2016.
If this small city can accomplish something of this magnitude, certainly other municipalities can do the same thing. With over six thousand miles of coastline, not including tidal and freshwater shorelines, the United States has the resources. It will take billions of dollars, considering the bureaucratic hoops to be jumped through, and many years, but time is not on our side.
Funding for projects of this sort deems it necessary here to address the terrible amount of governmental waste we see every day. Pork barrel spending, from both parties, starts right at the head of the line. In researching this article, I found it impossible to find any two estimates of the total cost of these projects for any given year in the recent past. Needless to say, it’s many billions.
Considering that water is our life’s blood, and without it whole civilizations could perish, it would seem that Washington policy makers might take a good look at this new technology.
If we are to survive, we must have water. We need to rethink our priorities.
Take a good, close look at what Carlsbad, California has done. Might it be wise to follow their lead?