California New Rule for Seawater Desalination Plans


2014-01-23T19:25:06+00:00
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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.

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Water sprinkler, car in water, California water fines

Despite the dry winter, California State Water Resources Control Board and cities representatives support the state water regulators in Sacramento to fine residents up to $500 per water violation. Orginal water rules were set on a temporary basis during the California drought 2014-2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Now, according to the water conservation portal, it will, most likely, become a permanent Califonia law.


California drought. Brown bald lawn in Bay Area.

Despite the drought officially ended by Gov. Jerry Brown, Mediterranean climate in major parts of California remains the same. Water demands in warm, hot, dry summers and mild, moderately wet winters always exceed the water resources. A five-year drought raised concerns. It costs the state economy billions of dollars. It stressed forests and left more than 100 million dead trees behind. But the effects are far more deadly than anyone could imagine.


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California doesn't look green anymore. In the historic state of drought, Californian lawns are now on the edge of extinction. Homeowners and communities are continuously looking for alternatives and the artificial grass looks more and more attractive.


The "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart has his own idea of how to solve the California Drought issue.

"First, as you know, California goes through historic unprecedented dry spell. " - says Jon Stewart at Thursday's Daily Show. "We are talking about original movie ideas. BOOM! Take that Jurassic world. Hey, what if they build another dinosaur theme park, but this time things also went horribly wrong."


As a drought becomes a major concern in California, the idea of replacing old lawns with artificial grass becomes more and more attractive to home and business owners. In the interview with Ken Wayne, Fox News, San Francisco, Jim Luthi, the homeowner of Newark, confessed he has bit the bullet and replace the sod with artificial turf: "Thirty something years of having droughts on and off. "

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