Lots of desalination discussion in media

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Sheila Cole, in her Aug. 5 letter to the editor, “Desalination anyone?” wrote in part, “What is interesting to me is that not once have I seen the word “desalination” in this paper or in the New York Times.”

But in the May 25 edition of the San Jose Mercury News, a story by Paul Rogers was headlined, “Nation’s largest ocean desalination plant goes up near San Diego; Future of the California coast?”

The story reported that “the largest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere” would cost $1 billion and will “provide 50 million gallons of drinking water a day for San Diego County (3.1 million customers) when it opens in 2016.”

“Nobody disputes that the cost of water will go up,” the story continued, “the average customer’s bill, now $71 a month, will rise $5 to $7 to pay for desalination.”

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