It's Past Time For Orange County To Start Looking At Other Water Resources.
Red County; The Ancient Mariner
Few would argue that we’re in a water crisis. Whether that crisis is natural or man-made is debatable, but as we enter our fourth year of a drought and our imported water availability continues to drop, its past time for Orange County to start looking at other water resources.
Seawater desalination is a new water source whose time has come. It’s technologically feasible, its cost-competitive and – despite what Lt. Governor John Garamendi says – it IS environmentally sensitive. You may have read the article in the Orange County Register on Wednesday that Garamendi wrote a letter opposing the seawater desalination facility in Huntington Beach. This is an extremely odd stance for him to take since he APPROVED the Carlsbad desalination plant which is virtually the same facility, proposed by the same applicant, using the same process to purify the same amount of water as the one he now opposes in Huntington Beach. So what changed? Nothing but the politics.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."