Picture this: the Southern California region, grappling with the harsh realities of a changing climate, where rain and snow patterns are shifting, leaving us to rethink where and how we get, store and use water.
Now, imagine a solution that seems like it’s straight out of a science fiction novel – a solution so audacious that it might just change the way we think about water forever. That’s right, we’re diving headfirst into the world of desalination, where seawater becomes drinking water, and where the water needs of Southern California meet cutting-edge technology.
In this episode of What Matters Water TV + Podcast, we’re joined by a team of experts and pioneers who are transforming the very essence of our water supply. From coastlines to arid inland regions, desalination projects are popping up like never before. But how do they work? What is the environmental impact? And can they really quench California’s thirst during those dry times?
Joining us to answer these questions are four distinguished guests, each at the helm of a water agency contributing to this critical conversation. We have Dan Denham, General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority; Joe Mouawad, General Manager of the Eastern Municipal Water District; David Pedersen, General Manager of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District; and Rick Shintaku, General Manager of the South Coast Water District.