Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Doubling down

Southern California district christens desalting plant that treats salty water trapped in Silverado Aquifer

What was once labeled too salty for consumption can now be pumped and treated using reverse osmosis membranes that strip out the brine and other particles, leaving clean, potable water. BRITTANY MURRAY / Daily Breeze

Daily Breeze

San Gabriel Valley Tribune & KABC Los Angeles

When the Water Replenishment District of Southern California located a 30-year supply trapped between the ocean and an aquifer, it was like a prospector finding gold. Tuesday, 16 years later, the WRD christened an expansion of the Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter in Torrance, doubling its capacity from 2.5 million to 5 million gallons per day. The city has taken another step toward its goal of 100 percent water independence.


No further delay on hearings for the Delta tunnels

Stockton Record

State officials declined late Tuesday to further delay key hearings on the proposed Delta tunnels, overriding arguments that illegal meetings have taken place and that the project may be altered. The State Water Resources Control Board found that the meetings were legal. That the state may build just one tunnel, rather than two, isn’t reason enough to stop the hearing process, the board found.


2 agencies save water at 10 times state average

Chico Enterprise-Record

Two water agencies reported water savings in December that were 10 times better than the state average. Statewide water conservation numbers were just 2.9 percent compared to December 2013. Del Oro Water reported savings of 31.4 percent, 14th best among the 374 water deliverers that reported. The Oroville District of the California Water Service saved 30.7 percent, good enough for 16th.