California New Rule for Seawater Desalination Plans



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On May 6,2015, State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento endorsed a new permission to process for seawater desalination plans. A day after the announcement of sweeping cutback in water use, this allowance set state regulators free from regional boards. The next step is the evaluation of the best locations and technologies to minimize the environmental risks. Standard reporting and monitoring requirements are applied for all new and already build desalination facilities.

Just last week, Silicon Valley leaders took big gulps of filtered sewage water in hope to get new Advanced Water Purification Center in Alviso approved by the California Environmental Quality Act funded by state bond money and federal funds. But for residents, it will mean an increase in water costs. How much would cost a desalinated water from an ocean? While no one has a precise answer yet, Southern California government is pushing towards seawater desalination plants.

Will underwater pipes harm the marine life? Critics say it's highly possible. The huge desalination plan that cost the state $1 billion is ready to open in November, 2015. Desalinated water will provide 10 percent of San Diego County water needs. This plant is located in Carlsbad, California. The second large desalination plant is sought South of L.A. in Huntington Beach.

It has been just one month since California Governor Jerry Brown directed first in the state history mandatory water reductions. Californias start to realize that while we must hope for the better we must prepare ourselves for the long-term drought and ever-increasing water bills. Foreseeing changes force us to make an adjustment in our plans, plants and lawns. The drought-efficient landscape is quickly becoming a part of our environment today.

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There are no signs of severe drought in California this year, but the state legislators continue to move down the road of water wasting mindset prevention. As a reminder to those residents and businesses who have gotten a little lazy and are back to using as much water as before the drought, water legislations are passing on through eight phases of the mandatory water conservation program. It's Murphy's law: "Just when you think things cannot get any worse, they will." But there is also some good news for Californians. Minimum wage is going up to $11-$12 per hour depending on company size. Women are getting more protection. Illegal businesses of the past are making into respected taxpayers.


Christopher Hain, the research scientist of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, leads a specializes project aimed to predict drought across North America from satellites. In times, when a climate change poses a threat to agriculture, any new way to catch on the drought conditions at early stages sounds just right.


The state of Califonia is currently in its fifth year of severe drought. Despite Governor Brown's declaration of a state drought emergency in 2014, Californias fell short of the mandated water conservation target.


Sacramento Planning Commission is considering to lift a 1984 ban that prohibited to install artificial grass in the front yards. Due to the new California drought emergency water conservation regulations, state officials must take all necessary action to prepare for water shortages. Artificial grass is the alternative landscape option available to home and business owners today.


Al Madrigal, Los Angeles resident, wasn't in mood to discuss California drought with Jon Stewart. "I'm sick of it," - he says. "Back home it's all we talk about. We use to go to dinner and discuss movies. Which stars are secretly gays. But now it's just - "How long was your shower. Did you use a backet? Hey, that's a guy whose lawn is green. Call the cops! "


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