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Council to Hear Update on Proposed Desalination Plant

Capitola City Council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Capitola City Council will get an update on the controversial proposal of the Seawater Desalination Project, to build a plant that would turn saltwater into drinking water, during Thursday’s meeting.

The draft Environmental Impact Report is expected to be released mid-May and the public will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposed project.

According to city documents, the project would provide water, up to 2.5 million gallons a day, to Soquel Creek Water District customers during non-drought periods and to the City of Santa Cruz water customers during droughts.

“The district relies entirely on a local groundwater basin that is being pumped at an unsustainable rate,” according to city documents.

The district could declare an emergency and implement year-round mandatory water rationing for the next 20 years if no other supplemental water source is found.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Santa Cruz Water Department and the Soquel Creek Water District will describe the proposed project and give locals more information on how to comment on the draft EIR.

The full council agenda is available here.

Capitola City Council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the City Hall council chambers, 420 Capitola Ave.

What do you think of the proposed desalination project? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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Maryanne Porter April 23, 2013 at 06:40 PM
What a great idea! I hope it moves forward!
Just One Vote April 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM
While I agree that desalination is a good way to provide potable water to coastal communities, the byproduct (salt) can be a huge problem. Salt can't be returned to the coastal waters so must either be shipped out into deep water or deposited in landfill. Both alternatives present expensive and/or damaging obstacles. But, where there's a will, there's a way and we must find ways to provide future drinking water for our residents.
peter pethoe April 26, 2013 at 03:57 AM
reverse osmosis desal has very high operational costs since seawater has to be cleaned so the filter membranes do not get clogged right away. other desal methods currently are no better. a norwegan company Enpro AS is currently constucting a desal in khollsnes, Norway, that mixes seawater with ammonia before blowing waste co2 from power plant and creating chemicals such as doda ash, removal of greenhouse co2 gas and desinated water. ammonia acts as catalyst and can be recycled. current info is hard to get. hold off on ro because better solvay type ptocesses will be developed. reverse osmosis is a white elephant. pgp of santa cruz.

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