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Desalination debate slated
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/10/11

Representatives from the Santa Cruz Water Department and the Soquel Creek Water District will debate members of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives on Thursday over merits of a proposal to build a desalination plant to serve the two water agencies. Admission is free and open to the public.

The debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Parking will be available in the upper and lower church parking lots, and overflow parking can be found at neighboring Westlake Elementary School.

The two water districts are studying a plant that could transform 2.5 million gallons of seawater each day, providing water to the city during periods of surface water reductions and helping the Soquel Creek district supplement its groundwater supply.The Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives group suggests more aggressive conservation could help the city address shortages in dry years.

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