On May 6,2015, State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento endorsed a new permission to process for seawater desalination plans. A day after the announcement of sweeping cutback in water use, this allowance set state regulators free from regional boards. The next step is the evaluation of the best locations and technologies to minimize the environmental risks. Standard reporting and monitoring requirements are applied for all new and already build desalination facilities.
Just last week, Silicon Valley leaders took big gulps of filtered sewage water in hope to get new Advanced Water Purification Center in Alviso approved by the California Environmental Quality Act funded by state bond money and federal funds. But for residents, it will mean an increase in water costs. How much would cost a desalinated water from an ocean? While no one has a precise answer yet, Southern California government is pushing towards seawater desalination plants.
Will underwater pipes harm the marine life? Critics say it's highly possible. The huge desalination plan that cost the state $1 billion is ready to open in November, 2015. Desalinated water will provide 10 percent of San Diego County water needs. This plant is located in Carlsbad, California. The second large desalination plant is sought South of L.A. in Huntington Beach.
It has been just one month since California Governor Jerry Brown directed first in the state history mandatory water reductions. Californias start to realize that while we must hope for the better we must prepare ourselves for the long-term drought and ever-increasing water bills. Foreseeing changes force us to make an adjustment in our plans, plants and lawns. The drought-efficient landscape is quickly becoming a part of our environment today.