By John Earl
Surf City Voice
Centuries ago, explorers sailed Poseidon’s Seven Seas looking for beautiful mermaids and lands full of golden treasures.
Although some of the hapless adventurers may have found what they were looking for, those who didn’t drink too much seawater were usually disappointed.
Today, it looks like Poseidon, the God of the Sea, is up to his old tricks again.
This time, taking corporate form (same as being human under American law), he’s promising to build a new source of water–an ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach–that will create an additional and reliable supply of water for the Orange County Water District’s ratepayers.
At least that’s what most people think he is promising.
But is he?
Any proposed deal between the OCWD and Poseidon Resources Inc. to build an ocean desalination plant will depend upon a subsidy of $400 million, doled out to Poseidon for a 15-year-period, courtesy of water ratepayers throughout Southern California.
The OCWD manages the Santa Ana River Groundwater Basin, which supplies over 70 percent of the drinking water for Central and North Orange County.
The desalination plant would turn about 56,000 acre feet of seawater into drinking water every year. Continue reading Poseidon Desal: Will OCWD Be Shipwrecked by Mermaids?