The Pacific Ocean could solve the West's water problems

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The “Shrinking Supplies” graphic that appeared July 27 in “Enough Said: Facts That Speak for Themselves,” illustrated the effects of drought on water supplies, particularly lakes in California. I would like to point out one glaring problem. Not pictured in this graphic is the huge body of water that is located just off the California coast. It’s called the Pacific Ocean.

California has over 800 miles of coastline. The needed water is right there. Build desalination plants to supply drinking water for millions of people. It’s a win-win. Building the desalination plants would create jobs. And the product, fresh water could then easily supply the homes and businesses for these parched western states as well as refill the lakes listed.

Enough said.

Charles R. Wallace

Sharpsville, Pa.


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