We environmentalists were NOT for desal, but rather fought it vociferously right from the start- we saw Tampa bay lose their shirts and we saw that it was being pushed forward by a criminal element on our HB city council (some went to prison others to the dust bin of felonious political history). Now here we are ten years later, and the HB desal unit would still serve to enshrine the Once Through Cooling intake of the AES power plant. It will still fail- as the late great Doug Korthof used to say, "Don't worry about desal- it will collapse under its own weight". I tend to agree. Although the city of HB will pay a heavy toll, the plant itself will fade after many problems to come.
Fun fact: Once through cooling kills 95% of the life that it sucks in. Slap a desal 'piggy-back' onto that intake and the mortality increases to 100%. So nobody can use the argument that 'the stuff was dying anyway'.
Joey Racano, Director
Orange County Ocean Outfall Group
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