@hong Wu Edit 2: As Drlee touched upon in his usual gloating and threatening way, having to pay more for water is like a game for rich people. I never heard the construction of desalination plants seriously discussed during the many years I lived in California.
Gloating over what? The outrageous notion that affluent people do not worry about some of the things that should scare the shit out of everyone else?
You are completely uninformed about desalinization so it comes as no surprise that you have not heard of efforts in California.
It comes as no surprise that you are unaware of the desalinization plants already operating in California. For example you are unaware of the one near San Diego that provides about 8% of that city's drinking water. You are unaware that just under 1% of California's drinking water comes from desalinization. You are unaware of the ballot initiative that passed in 2014 calling on the state to fund projects.
California water officials have approved $34.4 million in grants to eight desalination projects across the state, including one in the East Bay city of Antioch, as part of an effort to boost the water supply in the wake of the state’s historic, five-year drought.
The money comes from Proposition 1, a water bond passed by state voters in November 2014 during the depths of the drought, and it highlights a new trend in purifying salty water for human consumption: only one of the projects is dependent on the ocean.
Instead, six of the winning proposals are for brackish desalination and one is for research at the University of Southern California. In brackish desalination, salty water from a river, bay or underground aquifer is filtered for drinking, rather than taking ocean water, which is often up to three times saltier and more expensive to purify.
It seems you are unaware of a great deal when it comes to water management in California but we can be gratified to see that like most republicans these days it does not stop you from holding forth about how stupid everyone else is.
@JohnRawls Your stance is weird as if there is nothing wrong with us destroying our inhabitable spaces ourselves or with help from nature. We should take action but perhaps in ways that have not been used yet.
We should. And the remedies can be unpleasant for some businesses. I live in the Arizona desert. We simply do not have enough water to support our current population not to mention the growth we are seeing. For example. Before a builder may construct residential housing in Arizona it must present a certificate showing a 100 year supply of water available to sustain the development. As you can imagine the "science" behind these reports are a joke. They allow, for example, the notion that water from the Colorado river will be available even when we can see that it is diminishing and has been for a long time now. Our water tables are falling dramatically and we just approved a copper mine which will draw an enormous amount of water from the ground.
I do not believe though that we should consider these challenges in the light of "rights" or privileges. If Arizona has little water then it is not a good place to build homes. If water must be purchased from another state and moved here for us to use then those costs should be born by those who wish to move here and those of us who already are here. *With the caveat that we who live here are not expected to subsidize people moving here and exacerbating the problem. This is the libertarian solution, is it not John? People expected to pay their own way.
The other thing we suck at is conservation. In the midst of the desert and during a water crisis we have a new development not far from my home that has a water park. It was constructed at the same time as the city was asking people not to wash their cars. One also ought to note that our local car washes do not recycle water.
We grow all of our decorative plants in pots. We have cisterns on our scuppers from the roof of the house. All of our landscaping is natural desert and it looks great. I am not deprived of any joy because my landscaping is appropriate for our climate. I do not need a lawn and my lawn maintenance consists of scraping off a weed or two once a week. And that only because I do not want to put chemicals on our property.
My belief is that we could handle the water issue fairly easily with some effort starting now. We won't. The republican party will stop even the most puny of efforts. They will succeed because of people like Hong Wu who is woefully unaware of the problem and secure in his "knowledge" of it.