Nice piece in the New Mexico Independent today by Joel Gay about desalination as a source of water here in New Mexico:
Coastal communities have been taking the salt out of seawater for years, but inland cities are starting to join them out of need. El Paso was in danger of exhausting its aquifer when it decided to build a desalination plant, according to El Paso Water Utilities. Opened in 2007 at a cost of $87 million — including $27 million in federal funding — it churns out 27.5 million gallons of fresh water a day, or roughly a quarter of the city’s demand.
Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas are pondering desalination projects, too.
In early April, the state District Court in Alamogordo cleared the way for that city to tap the Tularosa Basin for about 1.3 billion gallons of brackish water a year. Work has already started on the desalination plant.
(I’ve been meaning to blog about the Independent – cool project, involving a number of former colleagues of mine for whom I have a great deal of respect. Good journalists, pursuing a different model. I’m excited about it.)