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South Bay awaits Environmental Impact Report on first Desalination plant




The desalination part of the Poseidon Water facility would be located here along Huntington Beach.
The desalination part of the Poseidon Water facility would be located here along Huntington Beach.
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For years, desalination, or the process of turning salty seawater into drinking water, has struggled to gain acceptance as a solution to drought.

Critics say it’s prohibitively expensive and has the potential to harm sea life. But now, more than a dozen desal projects are under consideration along California’s coastline.

Larry Mantle and guests debate the latest developments here in Southern California.

Guests: 

Shivaji Deshmukh, assistant general manager of the West Basin Municipal Water District

Bruce Reznik, executive director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper, a water conservancy group based in Santa Monica