Desal Now

Monday, May 12, 2014
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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.


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dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 11:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In addition there's an awful lot of clean cars in town, they can't all be visitors.

Are there local car washes who recycle their water?

Can they recycle that water?

Gotta feel for those businesses and their employees with the water restrictions now in place.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We waste clean water and take it for granted. With desal, what will we do with the brine? Toss it back to the ocean? further adding to the acidification? For what, green grass in the desert?

spacey (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The ocean is vast and quickly absorbs and dilutes the slightly higher briny concentration of desal effluent.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Either sell the salt to tourists or demand they take some with them.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe that salt could be turned into energy. It's conceivable.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 5:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There ya go, they'll take it off our hands.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 5:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alaska sold little bottles of the Exxon Valdez oil. People right now pay big bucks to sit in a salt lined basement room right here on State Street.

Fill Skaters Point with the stuff get a copy right on the name Flotopia for a new Blue Lagoon-type tourist attraction like they do in Iceland.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 5:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Skater's Point had nothing to do with Deltopia or IV even. You're unabashed hatred of people who skateboard is what unites so many of us together. But then you also want a city wide dress code so you're puritanical hypocrisy is consistent Foo.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh you poor old blokes, got yourselves dug deep once again...

You trap us in fishing nets yet we must come to your rescue.

Ok, you can have our salt water, we have plenty more ocean in which to swim. Once again, we magnanimous mammals have come to your rescue.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sell the Brine to the public, Sea Salt is less artery clogging and far better for you. Let's use our heads instead of slapping our knees; people.

Ken_Volok, seriously great idea in selling it to the Tourists.

foofighter, also great idea, bottle Santa Barbara Salt, and follow Icelands example.

loonpt, you too got it going on with the Salt Therapy; love the Hyperling examples too!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 6 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Time for a group hug!

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 6:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's all pile into the Lincoln bedroom.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Permanent water supply priced at $3000 per acre-foot, the gift that keeps on giving, forever.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2014 at 7:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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