Huntington Beach Independent
Letter writer Paul J. Trichilo
We need not worry that the oceans’ salinity will reach unacceptable levels due to either natural processes or human activities such as desalination plants (“Mailbag,” March 23).
First of all, according to theory it has taken about 3 billion years for the oceans to reach their present salinity, a little more than 3%. Presumably it would take another 3 billion years to double that, during which time plants and animals in the oceans would have time to adapt to the higher concentration through the normal process of evolution.
Some Orange Country Residents Could Be Drinking Ocean Water In A Few Years If A Beach-Side Desalination Plant Approved Yesterday Is Built
CBS 2/KCAL 9
(AP) HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. Some Orange Country residents could be drinking ocean water in a few years if a beach-side desalination plant approved yesterday is built.
Huntington Beach’s city council narrowly voted in favor of the plant that would produce up to 50 million gallons of fresh water daily out of ocean water that’s already pumped into an adjacent power plant.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California – The city of Huntington Beach, California, on Tuesday approved construction of the nation’s largest desalination plant, ending years of bitter debate with environmentalists.
The city council, seeking increased tax revenue and a new source of fresh water, was fought by environmental activists and residents who claimed the $250 million facility would pollute the ocean and scar the coastline of this city 30 miles south of Los Angeles.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."