California Gives Desalination Plants a Fresh Look

Process to Make Seawater Drinkable Gains Traction, but Environmentalists Object to Heavy Energy Use, Harm to Marine Life

Wall Street Journal By SABRINA SHANKMAN

Desalination is most commonly used in such places as Saudi Arabia and northern Africa, where fresh water is scarce.

But in Southern California, authorities are increasingly desperate. Huntington Beach, in Orange County, is planning to break ground on its own desalination plant in 2010. Another plant is in the works at Camp Pendleton, just north of Carlsbad, in San Diego County. Read more

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