Monday, July 9, 2012

Texas Land Office looking at building desalination plant possibly near Kyle

With most of Central Texas' river and aquifer water spoken for, desalination has special appeal to meet the growing demand for water as the state's population grows
From the Statesman | Read Full Story | By Asher Price (Mon July 9, 2012) – Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is getting the state into the Central Texas water game.

Patterson's office plans to announce today that it has contracted with two water consulting firms to examine the feasibility of building a desalination plant between Austin and New Braunfels on land the General Land Office owns.

"We want to do something scalable and deployable," said Patterson, who said he is looking at placing a desalination facility either just west of Kyle or just north of New Braunfels. "This is one of the elements of solving Texas' water problem."

Texas has 32 municipal desalination facilities that use brackish groundwater as a source, with a capacity of 70 million gallons a day. The largest is El Paso's Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant, which can clean 27.5 million gallons a day.

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Anonymous said...

Just waiting for the "sustainability" crowd to argue that we must not tap this water because we must sustain the amount of brackish water as it is today forever into the future.

Funny how the sustainability crowd exempted themselves from compliance with sustainability. They live in houses, apartments, or huts. Those didn't used to exist. They are located on land that was probably once underwater but no longer is. They weren't interested in "sustaining" the shallow sea nor the pastureland nor everyone else's bank accounts - only their absurd mantra. They can't even 'sustain' their own bank accounts. If you look closely, every one of these organizations has a paid executive director that gets paid out of any contributions given to the organization. The executive directors' salaries are not exactly advertised.

Rest assured however that the executive director makes sure they get a paycheck before a dime is spent on the alleged objective of the organization. In fact, the primary purpose of many of these self-righteous organizations seems to be a means to a paycheck for individuals that otherwise have little skills other than the ability to con prospective donors out of their money. WVWA, Hill Country Alliance, Environmental Stewardship ... ask how much compensation including salaries, mileage allowance, stipends, health care benefits, etc. their "executive directors" receive.

tom said...

What a jerk.

Not Tom said...

desalinization plant?
Good news.
More jobs plus more water.
More houses for new employees!

Anonymous said...

I wonder what foreign firm will get this contract so they can hire desperate Texans for crap wages to justify connected developers building more ticky tacky houses that use overpriced predator water company water so some local group of Republican business cronies can do their version of "Glee?"