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LETTER: This ‘solution’ to our water problems just won’t work

In his Saturday letter to the editor, Jim Veltri supports desalination. He is missing many facts.

Desalination plants aren’t discussed more frequently because they’re not a realistic option. For a few: They’re expensive. Prohibitively so — to both build and run. They’re inefficient. It costs at least $2,000 to produce one-acre-foot of water. The plants are enormous, hideous monstrosities, which no beach town wants. Desalination requires huge amounts of energy — the opposite of “going green.” It’s the coastal equivalent of strip mining and deadly to sea life. It produces a byproduct of millions of pounds of salt that cannot be disposed of simply or efficiently or, for environmental reasons, be “dumped back in the ocean.”

Mr. Veltri is also obviously unaware of the astronomical costs and infrastructure that would be needed to “pipeline” water to Nevada and Arizona. For those reasons and others, desalination is a nonstarter. Especially in environmentally conscious California.

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