California not yet ready for desalination

Authors

  • Sarah Zielinski


Abstract

Desalination is an expensive source of freshwater, and plans for desalination efforts in California do not adequately address the potential costs or environmental and social impacts, according to a report released on 27 June by the nonprofit Pacific Institute.

Seawater desalination has been implemented successfully in a few parts of the world, such as the Persian Gulf region, and is used on a small scale for commercial and industrial needs in the United States. In California, about 20 large projects have been proposed in the last five years; if all were constructed, they would provide the equivalent of about 6% of the state's 2000 urban water supply.

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