Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Water investment

San Diego accelerates new supply; $52M in projects

Pure Water San Diego is the City's phased, multi-year program that will provide one-third of San Diego's water supply locally by 2035. CITY OF SAN DIEGO

Pure Water

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego's landmark water recycling system took several key steps forward this week when the city approved an accelerated timeline and an environmental analysis. The council also approved $52 million in projects to kick-start the Pure Water program, and endorsed plans to use methane from the Miramar landfill as a power source for water purification.

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CPUC report details cost of future water sources

California Public Utilities Commission

The California Public Utilities Commission has put together a report looking at the cost of California's future water sources. It found that new water sources, such as recycling and desalination, are more costly than traditional sources, such as the State Water Project. It also looked at harvesting water from air and other possible sources.

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Unraveling science behind biomass breakdown

UC Riverside

Breaking down biomass is one of the most expensive and energy-intensive steps in its conversion to renewable products. A team of researchers from the Department of Energy and UC Riverside have discovered new mechanisms that assist in biomass breakdown during aqueous pretreatment.

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