Huntington Beach Approves Nation's Largest Desalination Plant

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During a drought in the early 1990's, Santa Barbara constructed a desalination plant. It operated for about a month before the City got on the much cheaper state water project, and it hasn't run since. Early this morning, in chambers packed with partisans on both sides, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 4 to 3 to go ahead with a desalination plant of its own, even though the Metropolitan Water District says current supplies are sufficient to meet demand for the next 25 years. The plant could mean 50 million gallons a day for Orange County, but completing won't be easy. At the moment, nobody knows who's going to buy it. Is it drought insurance or an invitation for more urban sprawl? We hear the pros and cons.
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Browning Ferris Industries

Sunshine Canyon Landfill

Cavanaugh's article on contract-renewal negotiations

Department of Water Resources


Waste Management's El Sobrante Landfill

Poseidon Resources Huntington Beach Water Treatment Facility

Department of Water Resources' Water Desalination Project



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton