Letters to the Editor
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 9/24/11
Can we afford desal plant?
When so many of our civic programs clearly need funding, from schools to elderly services, I am baffled why the Santa Cruz City Council and Water Department continue to focus on plans for a desal plant before putting conservation measures, including better maintenance of our current facilities, into effect.
Bill Kocher, department manager, says the plant is for rare emergencies only. I am only one of many local citizens questioning the need to build an expensive plant that draws vast amounts of energy when desalination will, even by the proponents estimates, only be required very infrequently.
Implementing water-saving measures would be environmentally greener in terms of energy use and avoiding disturbance of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It would also be financially greener to save public and ratepayer greenbacks through proven means of reducing water use.
Dorah Rosen, Santa Cruz