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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 12:30 pm
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The desalination plant near Empalme is scheduled to start this summer.
https://www.desalination.biz/news/0/FCC-Aqualia-bid-wins-Sonora-Mexico-desalination-project/8915/

The project calls for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a desalination plant in order to supply potable water to Sonora state. It consists of extracting water from five beach wells, filtering it and sending to the cities of Guaymas and Empalme through an aqueduct. The plant is set to be built under a public-private partnership (PPP).

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Excellent news!  Thanks for posting. 

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It would be a shame if this EXPENSIVE water is delivered through the same leaky system. CEA needs to get their chit together.


Desal sure looks like the only viable solution for this area. This is good news, IMO.


I am a little leery that San Carlos will subsidize the cost of the water with higher bills that Guaymas and Empalme, like many other things.

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There are lots of questions about this project. What is a public-private partnership? CEA does not seem to have money to buy spare parts for wells etc, how will they find the money for this? Would this water be available to San Carlos? Not much value in speculating so will just see what happens. I seriously doubt this will impact SC water situation in my lifetime.

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When they truck well water to you house, what does that cost?

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it is my understanding that the desal plant is only to supplement the water usage in guaymas/emplame! 
our water comes from wells east of town!!

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Lets see.....To much Politics is going on this Year here in Mexico.

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Don't feel like the Lone Ranger Hans!! :shock:

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Desalination seems like a no brainer at first until you consider all the factors. It is expensive, and there is the matter of how to dispose of the salt that is extracted. The process uses a lot of electricity which will be generated by burning natural gas. If you discharge the high salt content brine back into the ocean you create dead zones. It might be the only solution but it is not environmentally friendly.

It is not a viable solution for producing all of the water that Guaymas/Empalme uses but will supplement it.

The largest plant producing water for municipal use in the US is in Carlsbad, California. It provides less than 10 percent of water for San Diego County.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_%22Bud%22_Lewis_Carlsbad_Desalination_Plant

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