In the News

Letter to the Editor

Debating Desal

Good Times, 12/26/12

After reading your cover article on the "Desal Dialogue" (GT 12/13), and having watched billions of gallons of fresh water rushing to the sea during past storms straining the levies as they passed, I couldn't help wonder why the city doesn't want to look at other options to  desalination. All this excess wasted water could be diverted into the underground aquifer and solve the problem of seawater intrusion and balance the water use/storage equation. We could also replace those flush urinals in the county which use 40,000 gallons of water (each) per year with waterless ones.

These two actions would make better use of our natural resource and provide much-needed jobs. Of course it would not put cash in the pockets of corporations that build desalination plants  and their supporters, which may be the real source of the "controversy," after all.

Drew Lewis

Santa Cruz

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