Desalination Plant Would Give City Its Own Water Source.
The Press Telegram – By Kelly Puente
LONG BEACH – Like most cities in the Southland, Long Beach has experienced the driest season on record.
Residents concerned over the parched conditions and rising water bills have been calling the city’s water department, inquiring about alternative conservation methods.
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls asking about the progress of our desalination plant,” said Ryan Alsop, director of government and public affairs at the Long Beach Water Department.
Since the fall of 2005, Long Beach’s Desalination Project has been researching ways to extract salt from sea water at a reduced cost.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin – By Canan Tasci,
In response to extreme droughts in the 1990s, utility agencies and departments began offering incentives to homeowners who found ways to cut their water consumption.
California is now entering its driest year in eight years, said Sondra Elrod, public information officer for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. It’s time to get serious about saving water, Elrod said.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."