Southern California is experiencing it’s worst drought in history. But help is on the way. The San Diego desalination plant is under construction with the hope of alleviating San Diego County’s recurring problem. The county imports 80% of it’s drinking water and the new plant is expected to provide 300,000 residents with clean water when it’s completed in 2016 at a cost of $1 billion.
Of course, as with most things that will impact the environment, there are critics of the proposed process. Environmentalists warn that the amount of energy needed to run the plant is substantial and the discharge of the removed salt (brine discharge) back into the ocean would affect marine life negatively.