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STEVE KNOBLOCK, San Clemente councilmember

A state-of-the-art desalinization plant is the most logical, practical and cost-efficient means of generating clean drinking water for San Clemente citizens. 

We will soon have the opportunity to guarantee that our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids have an unlimited supply of fresh drinking water for roughly the same cost as importing water from Northern California. 

Several out-of-towners’ letters to the editor gainsay the concept by claiming that “climate change” and “sea level rise” are reasons to not move forward in creating a technologically simple and environmentally sound water source. 

Processing salty water to fresh does not change the climate or remove sand from our beaches.  The sky is not falling. Their Don Quixote-like “war on weather” should not deter our local leaders from doing the right thing. The time is now—desal is the logical way to go.

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