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Responding to the Drought by Making More Water

 
Responding to the Drought by Making More Water
Posted Wednesday, January 29th 2014 @ 5pm  by KFBK News - Tom Cutler

One valley water district's response to the drought is to make more water.

The Panoche Water and Drainage District is making water.

Actually, what they're doing is desalinizing drainage water and making it usable for irrigation, again.

The ground around Firebaugh has a high salt table and other minerals. So back in 2002 they partnered with a company to build a giant solar collector to boil off salt and produce upward of 10-gallons-a-minute of fresh water.

Officials tell News10 they could make even more if need be.

Large scale desalinization plants are seen as a costly and inefficient process.

But now it looks as if a fairly inexpensive way of recycling water for consumption is coming to the aid of drought stricken areas.

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