Desalinization would be cheaper than tunnels

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 2:02 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Re "$687 million tagged for drought aid" (Page A1, Feb. 20): Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is joined at the shoulders with both Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez in beginning the legislative push towards trying to find enough water to satisfy the unquenchable thirst of the southern part of the state.

Brown has ignored desalination. If this can be done, why is Brown pushing the twin tunnels to suck water from the Delta to go to Southern California? The latest estimate of the cost of the tunnels was pegged at $40 Billion.

There are more than 1,500 desalination plants working in the world. The cost of a new desalination plant is $1 billion at present. If the legislature authorized building 20 plants in Southern California, water supplies would meet the needs for decades.

It's time for reason. Desalination plants would meet the needs of Southern California without damaging a most important ecosystem in the Central Valley.

-- Steve Spangler, Roseville

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