SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— With the continuing drought and dwindling water supplies, Bay Area-water agencies continue to explore a regional desalination project. The project is receiving a closer look and the possible construction of a new facility.
Desalination removes salts from the ocean or brackish water to produce fresh drinking water through filtration or distillation. San Francsico Mayor Ed Lee and the city’s Public Utilities Commission have been paying attention.
“We’ve been working with our own PUC to see what we can do by way of generating perhaps solar power that might generate power for a salinization plant,” Lee said.
The SFPUC owns land in Sunol that could be used to power a desal plant near Port Costa.