Could the solution to California’s water crisis be right offshore? The Carlsbad Desalination Plant in San Diego County is scheduled to open later this year.The plant is one of the largest in the world – a $1 billion project 15 years in the making.
When finished, it will be capable of producing up to 50 million gallons of water a day. It will supply enough water for about 300,000 people, or about 7 percent of the needs of the San Diego water district.
Although the operator of the plant says there is no real environmental impact, it seems like the true long term effects can’t be known. After all, for every gallon of drinking water produced, you need to take two gallons of water from the ocean. And that leftover gallon? It heads back into the ocean, but this time, it’s twice as salty.