Queensland’s rush to build desalination and recycled water facilities is a cautionary tale.
Queensland spent big during the decade of drought that choked Australia at the turn of the 21st century.
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Because they got there first, irrigation districts most Californians have never heard of have dibs on vast amounts of water upstream from the delta— even in times of drought.
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Orange County elected officials love to brag about their fiscal thrift and frequently criticize government subsidies. I wonder how they will feel about subsidizing Huntington Beach for the 30-year term of the Poseidon desalination project.
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Poseidon Resources recently made another move in their attempt to build the environmentally destructive Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. If built, this plant will increase energy use and greenhouse gasses, degrade water quality and fish stocks and privatize part of our water supply.
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If Poseidon Resources Inc. hopes to have its yet-to-be built Huntington Beach desalination rig online by 2017, it must answer several tough questions about its viability.
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A draft decision released by the Essential Services Commission on Tuesday rejected price rises of almost $300 proposed by water retailers.
Melbourne's water retailers were seeking an increase in residential water and sewerage bills of between 31.7 to 35.8 per cent over the next five years to recover costs from the Wonthaggi desalination plant.
But the commission suggested a more modest increase of between 20 and 26 per cent.
Water Minister Peter Walsh said that if the desalination plant had not been built, bills may have only increased by around $50 next year.
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An update to an article from May 2010 about a desalination plant in Brockton, Massachusetts.
"In 2011, the Dighton plant lost more than $1.6 million, according to the plant’s Department of Public Utilities financial filing. The plant’s $517,000 in revenue was offset by about $347,000 in taxes and $1.8 million in interest owed on bonds. The city is spending $5.8 million this year – part of a 20-year contract with the plant to add water capacity – for water rights for the plant. But it has not drawn water from the facility since May 2011."
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Many people in Southern California think that we are in a perpetual drought and will not have enough water to sustain ourselves. Unfortunately, this common fear is fueling misguided support for ocean desalination, the process of removing salt from seawater to create potable water.
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The Seal Beach Sun is reporting that the city council has unanimously approved a non-binding letter of interest regarding the purchase of water from Poseidon Resources Inc., the Connecticut-based company proposing a $1 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach. Thirsty Seal Beachers queuing up at the communal spigot with canteens in hand, be advised, the deal is far from assured.
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