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MEDIA ALERT
February 3, 2016

Contact: Lauren Zerweck, lauren@gomixte.com, 619-315-1905

Orange County Coastkeeper Calls for Residents to Rally Against Huntington Beach Desalination Plant

Orange County Water District to reveal additional costs of already overpriced water

WHAT: Coastkeeper urges Orange County residents to attend Orange County Water District’s meeting regarding the cost of distributing desalinated water from the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. Desalination is already by far the most expensive option for an alternative water source and the added costs of distribution will place an additional financial burden on taxpayers.

WHY: On top of the desalination plant destroying marine life and polluting coastal waters, Orange County residents will foot the bill for a new distribution system and retreatment. Coastkeeper believes Orange County should think more strategically about water supply options that are better for the environment, use less energy and are more cost effective, such as conservation, wastewater recycling and stormwater capture. These solutions provide more benefit for Orange County residents and should be utilized and exhausted before resorting to costly desalination.

WHO:

  • Orange County Coastkeeper
  • Orange County Water District
  • Concerned residents

VISUALS:
Residents voicing their opinions against desalination
Environmental organizations challenging Orange County Water District
WHERE: Orange County Water District
18700 Ward St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708

WHEN: Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Founded in 1999, the mission of Coastkeeper is to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. For more information, visit www.coastkeeper.org or call 714-850-1965.

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