Desalination would cost far less that Delta tunnels

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Re "Red Sea project will boost Dead Sea" (Page A6, Dec. 10): This story about building a desalination plant in the Middle East says the cost is $500 million and that the plant will produce millions of gallons of fresh water. Why does California need to build Delta tunnels costing about $15 billion to move water from Northern California to Southern California, when we could build more than 28 desalination plants there for the same cost? It seems to me that desalination plants will eventually need to be built, simply because of the uncertainty and randomness of rainfall. Besides, moving water through tunnels and canals and pumps is so last century.

-- H. David Knepshield, Carmichael

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