With the present restrictions placed on the public’s use of water hoses and power washers, in terms of watering their private gardens and washing their vehicles, there has been an outcry by many persons about increased water rates (although lower rates are subsidized for customers without meters, which can be noted in the State of the Water Resources Report, 2005, which also provides a listing of the various water tariffs), as well as, the fact that there is a desalination plant to provide additional water supply.
Having recently read an article in the Water Efficiency Magazine entitled Parched: Can desalination quench the world’s thirst? by Laura Sanchez I immediately thought about such comments from the public.
This article highlighted the early history of desalination in the United States in 1970 and its possibility of solving a myriad of problems, as well as, pointed out various present issues with desalination such as its expense, the fact that it is energy-intensive and the argument of environmental impacts to marine resources and the large amounts of seawater being depleted.
Such points can lead to one really wondering how sustainable is the process of desalination. I would be curious to hear the pros/cons from employees since I know we have both environmentalists and water resources practitioners on board.