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Power plants can produce cheap potable water


Last updated 1/24/2008 at Noon

I read with disgust the defense of FPUD’s Directors by the County Farm Bureau chief. Only avocado farmers are severely punished by the MWD with huge water cuts – no one else. New construction with new water users are treated preferentially.

Is the MWD trying to destroy San Diego County agriculture? MWD is guilty of gross discrimination against our avocado farmers. Why is the wimpy Avo Association not filing lawsuits?

Past MWD statements objecting to the desalination plant constructed in Carlsbad are stupid. These Nazi environmentalists claimed desalinated water returned to the Pacific Ocean is too salty for fish life. Approximately 77 percent of Earth’s surface is seawater and dilution rates are astronomical. San Diego had a desalination unit, now installed in Guantanamo, initially installed in/near Coronado for military use.

The Army Corps of Engineers has desalination units in Maryland producing pure water for their Chesapeake Bay Model. Middle East nations use desalination for their potable water. Are we so backward we cannot modernize our water supply?

I worked successfully on ten aircraft carriers as water resource manager because of water shortages (called water hours) receiving letters of commendation from admirals, ships captains and chief engineers. I/we also provided safe descaling processes by ships force maintaining high vacuum distillation production.

Most aircraft carriers in deployment, at that time, carried crews of 7,000 personnel (regular plus air-wing Navy, tech reps and Marines). Aircraft carriers will produce approximately 54 million gallons of super pure water over a six-month deployment using no cost power plant waste steam for distillation.

Are we too ignorant to learn from the US Navy (or cruise ships)? Is it just a power struggle by Nazi environmentalists?

California must enact legislation requiring all ocean-side power plants to produce cheap potable water using no cost power plant waste steam.

Archie McPhee


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