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Desalination and Alternative Supplies

  • Managing Drought: Learning from Australia

    A new report released today shows that strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long millennium drought provide a powerful resource for California, as the state enters its fifth year of severe drought. “The...»

  • Licoes Aprendidas Com A Crise Hidrica Na Australia

    Published: February 2016 Authors: Andrea Turner, Stuart White, Joanne Chong, Mary Ann Dickinson, Heather Cooley, and Kristina Donnelly Pages: This partial translation has 47 pages (covering the first 37 pages of the original report)...»

  • Testimony: Desalination Impacts before the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection

    Heather Cooley, head of the water program at the Pacific Institute, testified September 25,2014 in front of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection regarding desalination impacts. Heather spoke separately on desalination intakes...»

  • The World’s Water, Vol. 8

    The newest volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water, vol. 8 features chapters on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), water footprints, sustainable water jobs, and desalination financing, among other timely issues. Water briefs provide...»

  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Marine Impacts

    Desalination, like other major industrial processes, has environmental impacts that must be understood and mitigated. A new report from the Pacific Institute examines effects on the marine environment associated with the construction and long-term...»

  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Interest in seawater desalination in California is high, with 17 plants proposed along the California coast and two in Mexico. But removing the salt from seawater is an energy-intensive process that consumes more energy...»

  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Costs and Financing

    Economics – including both the cost of the water produced and the complex financial arrangements needed to develop a project – are key factors that will determine the ultimate success and extent of desalination...»

  • Existing and Proposed Seawater Desalination Plants in California

    In 2006, there were an estimated 21 active seawater desalination proposals along the California coast. Since then, only one project, a small plant in Sand City, has been permitted and built. Another – Poseidon’s...»

  • Overview of Greywater Reuse: The Potential of Greywater Systems to Aid Sustainable Water Management

    As pressures on freshwater resources grow around the world and as new sources of supply become increasingly scarce, expensive, or politically controversial, efforts are underway to identify new ways of meeting water needs by...»

  • California’s Next Million Acre-Feet: Saving Water, Energy, and Money

    A new analysis from the Pacific Institute recommends specific actions that can annually save a million acre-feet of water quickly and at a lower economic and ecological cost than developing new supplies. The assessment...»

  • Desalination, With a Grain of Salt: Video

    Long considered the Holy Grail of water supply, desalination offers the potential of an unlimited source of fresh water purified from the vast oceans of salt water that surround us. The public, politicians, and...»

  • Hidden Oasis: Water Conservation and Efficiency in Las Vegas

    Two of the West’s preeminent water organizations report Las Vegas Valley is sitting on an oasis of water and money savings. In their new report, the Pacific Institute and Western Resource Advocates find up...»

  • The Fish and the Whales

    The Terminator may soon become Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's official title, not just his humorous nickname. Earlier this month, media and public attention was riveted on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as two wayward whales...»

  • The World’s Water: 2006-2007

    In The World’s Water 2006-2007, Pacific Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick convened Pacific Institute staff and others in presenting the fifth edition, covering some of the most significant current worldwide water issues:...»

  • Desalination, With a Grain of Salt: A California Perspective

    In Desalination, With a Grain of Salt – A California Perspective, the Pacific Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the history, benefits, and risks of ocean desalination, and the barriers that hinder more widespread...»

  • The World’s Water: 2000-2001

    Published: June 1, 2001 Author: Peter Gleick The second volume of The World’s Water contains new chapters on global water use projections, international river basins, the complex connections between water and food production, desalination,...»

  • California Water 2020: A Sustainable Vision

    Published: May 26, 1995 Authors: Peter Gleick, Santos Gomez, Penn Loh, Jason Morrison Pages: 17 California Water 2020: A Sustainable Vision  presents a unique vision of a truly sustainable water future and discusses way to realize...»