They used to call California ocean desalination a disaster. But water crisis brings new look to the Central Coast, as new water treatment facility set
“A lot of people have been trying to tell us for years that the ocean, the ocean is too salty; that it has a high salt content,” said Lisa Linn, executive director of the Water Project in Monterey.
Now that the Pacific Ocean is suffering, so is the Central Coast, as the community has begun to rebuild.
Water is getting scarce in many places, and so is the ocean.
“It’s not like we had a couple of days of water, and that was it,” said Linn. “Now the water’s not coming in; we’ve got a couple of days. That’s a big change.
“We have so much water, but there’s not a lot of places to put it back. And those places have been depleted,” she said.
At the same time, a lot of people have been trying to tell the Central Coast that the ocean is too salty, or has a high salt content. But now the ocean is beginning to look more like the Central Coast.
“We’re doing everything we can to use the ocean to get some water back up to the Central Coast,” she said.
That means a whole new set of challenges and solutions for the Central Coast, as it begins to rebuild itself.
As the ocean, or ocean water, evaporates into the air, it releases salt. That salt hits the Central Coast, and the water gets salty.
“I remember we were a couple of miles away from the ocean, and it was a lot saltier than it is now,” said Linn. “I was out on the beach with my kids, and all of a sudden I said, ‘There’s so much salt.’ It