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Cape May hopes state, federal grants will help fund a new desalination plant – New Jersey

In a century-old building at the end of Canning House Lane, a reverse osmosis system has the capacity to treat more than 1,000 gallons of water a minute.

It’s not enough. The solution could be a $35 million new facility. Much of the drinking water for Cape May and the surrounding communities must have its salt removed in a process called desalination.

Today, the city’s water system is under capacity. The city is looking at options, including an entirely new system.


As OC Digs Deeper for Drinking Water, Worries About Contamination Arise – California

Due to California’s ongoing drought, cities in North and Central Orange County have a greater risk of being exposed to drinking water pollution as they rely mostly from groundwater sources.

According to attorney and water policy expert Felicia Marcus, who is also the William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, regional officials hope to purify this groundwater and are also actively pursuing collaborations with local water districts in order to obtain clean drinking water for its residents.

South Orange County, though, is not affected by this dilemma as at least 90% of its water is imported.


City Opens Santa Barbara Desalination Plant to Public with Tours – Santa Barbara – USA

The plant, which was built in the 1990s and reactivated to start operating last year, converts seawater to potable water for city customers.

After a year of operation, Santa Barbara’s reactivated Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant is being opened to the public for tours of the facility and city officials celebrated the plant during a brief event Wednesday.

A handful of elected officials and city staff visited the facility at 521 E. Yanonali St. to observe the process of turning seawater into potable water, and get-up close views of the plant’s technology.

Members of the City Council and Water Commission also sampled the water produced by the plant.


Nuclear Operators Scramble To Make Reactors Flexible Enough For New Energy Economy – Arizona – USA

Arizona Public Service is studying the possibility of using excess energy from its Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, when solar energy is flooding the grid, to desalinate brackish water.

In Illinois, Exelon is looking at repurposing a reactor to produce hydrogen when there’s plenty of wind energy on the grid, then using the hydrogen for steelmaking, ammonia production or fuel-cell vehicles.

Across the country, nuclear operators are trying to figure out whether they can ramp down their reactors, which are optimized to run at maximum capacity, during those hours or seasons when renewable energy is abundant.