A reader commented on the perilous water supply for Southern California and Arizona. While there could be major disruptions from droughts in the future, the City of Carlsbad has taken one step to help:
The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the nation. Each day, the plant delivers nearly 50 million gallons (56,000 acre-feet per year (AFY)) of fresh, desalinated water to San Diego County – enough to serve approximately 400,000 people and accounting for about one-third of all water generated in the County.
Located adjacent to the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad, California, the Carlsbad Desalination Plant was developed as a public-private partnership. The project originated in 1998 and launched in 2015 with a purchase agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority. The project has garnered numerous awards for design, implementation and energy efficiency.
Santa Barbara has a de-sal plant too! Well, they had one back in the 90’s but they sold it for parts. It went online right at the start of an El Nino season. Everyone suddenly forgot about all about the drought and Lake Cachuma being dry.
Now they have a new one! again…..