Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Too much of a good thing

Storms, muddy Delta water lead to pumping cutbacks

The Delta Mendota Canal is used to transport water from the Delta to Central Valley Project customers in the San Joaquin Valley. USBR

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Valley Public Radio

The recent storms that have hit Northern and Central California have much brought needed rain and snow to the state. But they also created a new problem for the operators of the massive pumps in the Delta that supply users in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California — too much water.

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Severe droughts force rethinking on technology

MIT Technology Review

Desalination is ripe for technological improvement. A combination of sensor-driven optimization and automation, plus new types of membranes, could eventually allow for desalination plants that are half the size and use commensurately less energy.

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