OC Coastkeeper’s Gary Brown argues the 50-year Poseidon deal would be a big dollar payday for investors while costing OC ratepayers – who have already adjusted their consumption by doing an amazing job of cutting back on water usage – billions of dollars.
New Stanford Report Reveals Desalination Has Limited Applications in California
Coastkeeper says research reinforces concerns over proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant
ORANGE COUNTY – May 24, 2016 – Orange County Coastkeeper says Stanford University’s latest report on the coastal and marine impacts of desalination projects in California highlights the serious deficiencies with Poseidon Water’s proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant. The report reveals that, outside of a few locations where its impacts can be minimized, desalination is unlikely to play a significant role in California’s water supply portfolio as a result of its high costs, energy demands and greenhouse gas emissions. The report also concludes that desalination is unlikely to relieve stress on freshwater ecosystems and would be an ineffective tool in reaching economic and environmental sustainability.