RE: “Poseidon Water’s Desalination Plan: Are There Cracks in the Armor?” (May 15-28)
The issues as I see them are:
1) OCWD would only buy the water if there is a need. What is the need? Future growth. What future growth? The future growth Poseidon does not want to talk about because if they do, they have to analyze the environmental effects of that growth in their CEEQA document. (opening this can of worms would spell an end to their project which is why they are putting it off on the buyers to say how they will use the water)…..
2) The second point not being discussed is competition. MWD has embarked on a major pilot program to greatly expand the treatment of wastewater within its service area. The wastewater would be treated and injected into the ground where it would blend with other ground water and be pumped for domestic use (The program is called The Regional Recycled Water Program). Why would MWD embark on this program? They need more water to meet projected growth….and
3) Then there is the question of the environmental effects from the discharge of the concentrated saltwater brine back into the ocean. Combine this brine with the projected effects of climate change on ocean acidification of the Pacific Coast, the impact of ocean acidification on kelp forests and the ecosystems it supports and so on…
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