let’s drink sea water

Actually, we won’t be drinking it — as far as I know. They will be drinking it, those guys, over there…on the south Monterey Peninsula. According to “Sand City’s desalination test project becomes reality for the Monterey Peninsula” (article by Jeffrey Hsu, for PopSci), seawater will be pumped from Salinas River wells to the desalination plant in Marina (Armstrong Ranch), and distributed to south county. Total cost for the project is $280–290 million. The DRA (Division of Ratepayer Advocates) has opposed the project, citing in a letter to the Mayor of Monterey “unacceptably high costs, unfair risks, and lack of accountability to Monterey Peninsula ratepayers.” More detailed information can be found in a recent article by Mike Hornick for the Californian.

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