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Letter: We should spend on desalination plants

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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 am

We keep reading in the paper how the construction of the Delta twin tunnels is still under way no matter how many negative reports are published. Every day, we read how the water situation is critical in all of California.

Fresno is experiencing a shortage because the water level has dropped by 100 feet and its existing wells are collapsing. There are towns with no water at all because of a severe shortage. Farmers can not get the water needed to irrigate their crops. Our own Delta has a limited supply of water, and the tunnels are sure to degrade its quality and the health of its ecosystem.

The cost has been estimated at $25 billion. The Bay Bridge repair bill was originally $1.6 billion, and it cost over $6 billion. Based on past experience we can assume that the $25 billion is probably going to double or triple.

Now let’s insert some common sense into the problem. Let’s go somewhere where there is an abundance of water. Let’s say the ocean. Let’s say we build $50 billion worth of desalination plants and pipe lines that would distribute many million gallons of drinkable water throughout the state. The technology is there, and the cost per gallon is improving as the systems are improved. Think of the jobs and money spread equally as more than 50 plants are built along the coast.

Gov. “Moonbeam” wants to rescue his mediocre political career with a legacy defined by massive expenditures and massive projects that will surely fail if he follows his present plan. He will have uttered his legacy at a press conference a few months ago when explaining the failure of the Bay Bridge bolts.

Jim Sugden

Lodi

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