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Letter to the Editor

Desal plant not a back up

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/26/12

The Sentinel published an opinion piece favoring desalination by Mike Rotkin and identifies him as a co-founder of Sustainable Water Coalition, a group supporting "the investigation of desalination as a back up for serious droughts." In reality, the desal plant would be used far more than merely as a "back up." The Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water Districts together would operate the plant at full capacity 24 hours per day, every day of the year, even in heavy rainfall years. Why? There is no doubt whatsoever that the Soquel District would constantly consume all available desal water producible to recharge its perpetually overdrafted aquifers. There is simply no way that the $100+ million desal plant would ever be idle and used only during "serious" droughts, however "serious" may be defined.

Brenda Barcelo, Santa Cruz

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