Target: Felicia Marcus, Chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board
Goal: Stop environmental harm and pollution caused by water desalinization plants in Southern California.
While being applauded as a quick and easy fix to California’s water scarcity problems, desalinization plants have devastating environmental effects, require huge amounts of energy, and contribute to greenhouse gas production. Desalinization plants use reverse osmosis to separate salt and other impurities from water. However, along with drinkable water, this process also produces a thick, brackish sludge that is difficult to dispose of safely. When released into the ocean, it damages natural ecosystems, threatens biodiversity, and affects water salinity in the local area.
Further, reverse osmosis uses a huge amount of energy, primarily from fossil fuels. Due to this expensive process, the water produced is also extremely costly for cities to purchase.
Southern California has three existing desalinization plants, two of which are currently not in use. However, there are plans to build seven additional plants and to recommission one plant that was closed due to its massive operating costs.
In the end, these plants are an expensive and dangerous solution to drought-caused water scarcity, and they damage the communities they are meant to support. Please sign the below petition to oppose new desalinization plants in California.
Dear Ms. Marcus,
Desalinization plants are not the solution to California’s drought, as their side effects harm the environment and local communities. The process of reverse osmosis is inefficient, requiring huge amounts of fossil fuel energy and producing harmful greenhouse gases. Further, the concentrated, brackish sludge produced as a byproduct of the process is dangerous to delicate marine ecosystems. Southern California’s air and water cannot afford these byproducts.
California’s State Water Resources Control Board must force the decommission of existing desalinization plants and permanently block the creation of additional plants.
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