The City of Santa Cruz is proposing to build a desalination plant to supplement Water District water supply during drought years, and eventually, to provide additional water in normal years. The plant would be used by the Soquel Creek Water District in other years to reduce pumping from wells that overdraft the aquifers. The articles in this section cover the downsides to the desalination plant:
- High energy consumption & greenhouse gases
- the cost of desalinated water
- the impact on marine life
- reliability of desal technology
- water quality & safety
To download a pdf of the articles in this section, click Desal Critique.
For a report on sustainable water alternatives to desalination, see transitionsc.org/water-group.