lompocrecord.com | September 30, 2016 –
Jordan Cunningham recently wrote about fighting the drought with desalination,” adeptly summarizing the problem with desalination — it’s not a technological problem, nor an economic problem, but rather a political problem.
Filtration technology has come a long way, and so has the means to produce fresh water in an environmentally-sound manner. Furthermore, as the Carlsbad desalination plant has proven, the challenges are not economic. The produced water costs just a little more than state water but comes with 100-percent reliability. People pay a premium for convenience regularly, yet we seem to choke when it comes to paying what amounts to a pittance for a pure and stable water source.
As is often the case, the problem lies in the realm of politics. The Central Coast has simply lacked the leadership to shepherd such a project to completion.
Jordan Cunningham gets it right. We need this type of forward-thinking, innovative and energetic leadership.
Jayson Parsons, Santa Maria