DesalData Weekly - August 26, 2015

Posted 26 August, 2015 by Mandy

Wildfire walla wallaFor the first time since 2013, the U.S. entered “National Preparedness Level 5”—a term that signifies “all agency fire resources” across the country are nearly exhausted and struggling to fight fires.  At present, vast infernos are raging across Northern California and the Northwest.[1]  The severe drought and heat across the region is creating one of the worst “wildfire summers” on record.  Last week, fire officials reported the situation could worsen “with a new round of wind and heat.”[2]  The New York Times reports that more acres have burned this year so far – 7.2 million as of last week – than in each of the previous 10 years.[3]  Alaska has suffered the great majority of these conflagrations, but California is currently dealing with the worst of them.  

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DesalData Weekly - August 19, 2015

Posted 19 August, 2015 by Mandy

In California, the revised ‘Ocean Plan’ requires desalination plants to use subsurface ocean intake systems unless a study determines it to be infeasible.[1]  For the proposed desalination facility at Huntington Beach, a report has concluded that a subsurface ocean intake is financially infeasible.  The report, completed by an Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (ISTAP), was jointly commissioned by Poseidon Resources and the California Coastal Commission.  The report calculates an estimated cost of $1,000 (USD) extra per acre-foot of desalinated water for a subsurface intake, which brings the total cost to approximately $2,661 (an open-ocean intake would cost a total of $1,639 per acre-foot).  Construction for the subsurface intake would also take five to seven years longer than an open-ocean intake.

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DesalData Weekly - August 15, 2015

Posted 15 August, 2015 by Mandy

Antigua and BarbudaIn the West Indies, the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda has depleted its reservoirs.  While water rationing has been in place for more than a year, the country’s 90,000 inhabitants are now entirely dependent on desalination plants, surface water, and ground water.[1] Water management is reported as the nation’s principal environmental concern.  Droughts occur in the tropical nation every five to ten years—and in 1983-1984, authorities had to import water from other countries to make up for the deficit.[2]

[1] “Antigua Builds New Desalination Plant as Reservoirs Run Dry,” Latin American Herald Tribune, <> accessed August 14, 2015.

[2] “Water Profile of Antigua and Barbuda,” ed. Marty Matlock, Encyclopedia of the Earth, August 24, 2008, <> accessed August 14, 2015.


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