Letters to the Editor

July 18, 2014

Stop dragging feet on desalination

Re "California drought wreaks economic pain" (SacBee.com, July 15): The recent UC Davis study that linked California's drought to billions in lost revenue and jobs was startling, but not a complete surprise. The truth is that while some may have sticker-shock over the price of effective water delivery services, the cost of doing nothing is far greater. Desalination is just part of the multi-pronged solution to providing the necessary high-quality water our residents need, all while stimulating the local economy. Just look at Huntington Beach. The proposed plant will produce 50 million gallons of drinking water every day, more than 3,000 construction jobs and $2 million annually in tax revenue to the City. If we stay the current course and continue to overdraw groundwater and import water, we will continue to lose billions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The Coastal Commission should immediately approve the Huntington Beach desal project.

-- Cesar Diaz, Sacramento

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