We’ve all heard about the alarming drought issues plaguing our state. That’s why, as a Santa Barbara resident, I commend the City Council for taking preemptive action. By looking into reopening the old desalination plant, we are doing the kind of forward thinking needed to tackle the drought head on.
The desalination plant originally had the capacity to produce half of the city’s annual water usage just by itself. Keeping in mind that we live in a desert, if we can reliably supply half of our water in any given year, why shouldn’t we go forward with desalination?
Many opponents say that the cost of desalination is too costly. However, we as California residents have lived through too many water emergencies. I think we can all agree that the cost of running out of water is higher than any cost of desalination.