The Water From Your Tap Is an Engineering Marvel Millennia in the Making – California

Every day, about 430 million gallons of water enter Los Angeles from the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The journey begins in the sky, when rain and snow fall on the mountainside; water then flows into the Owens River and travels a human-built route for the next 200-plus miles.

Pipes, tunnels, and canals—all mapped out a century ago—navigate hills, valleys, and desert terrain en route to North America’s third-largest city.

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The Water From Your Tap Is an Engineering Marvel Millennia in the Making – California2021-08-09T09:37:03+02:00

California Gov. Newsom pushes private seawater desalting plant despite local, environmental opposition – California

When Gov. Gavin Newsom was photographed dining at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant during a surge in coronavirus cases, many Californians saw it as hypocrisy. For opponents of a planned $1 billion desalination plant along the Orange County coast, however, the optics were menacing.

The unmasked Newsom was celebrating the birthday of a lobbyist for Poseidon Water, which is close to obtaining final government approval for one of the country’s biggest seawater desalination plants.

Poseidon boasts that the facility will provide a local, inexhaustible source of water for Southern [
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California Gov. Newsom pushes private seawater desalting plant despite local, environmental opposition – California2021-02-24T15:43:39+01:00

Is Desalination Feasible for Santa Monica? – Santa Monica – USA

Coleridge was not writing about Santa Monica in this poem but he may as well have been. Santa Monica, like all of coastal Southern California, sits next to the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest body of water but because of the salt, the water is undrinkable.

This could soon change, however, as local water experts consider the possibility of removing the salt from the ocean to make it drinkable in a process known as desalination.

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Is Desalination Feasible for Santa Monica? – Santa Monica – USA2018-09-21T19:42:26+02:00

Plans for the biggest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere received final California state approval – USA-California


 clearing the way for construction to start next year and for the plant to open north of San Diego in 2011.

The California State Lands Commission, which unanimously approved the plant at a meeting in Los Angeles, was the last hurdle before construction can begin. The $300-million (about R2,1-billion) plant will turn seawater from a lagoon off Carlsbad into 50 million gallons of drinking water daily, enough to supply about 110,000 households and about 10 percent of the needs of San Diego County, home to 3 million people.

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Plans for the biggest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere received final California state approval – USA-California2017-09-11T17:35:00+02:00
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