Posted by Carol on October 10, 2007, 10:26 pm, in reply to "Making Sense of the Local News"
Message modified by board administrator November 23, 2007, 2:53 pm
Water shortages are forecast for much of the world in the coming years by the UN. It occurs to me that while conservation cannot hurt, stopping development in our area is unlikely for a host of reasons, many of which have already been mentioned. |
What about looking ahead and raising funds for a desalinazation facility that uses solar and/or wave energy. Sea water is not in short supply and municipalities and counties in the southwest US, such as Santa Barbara and Orange County have successfully launched numerous projects.
Obviously, this would require a major sponsor, perhaps one of the universities of Guadalajara -- or perhaps funding technical assistance from the outside and then training local students to handle the facility.
As I recall, the experimental projects done in Orance County were primarily labor intensive -- cleaning screens, keeping solar panels clean, etc. The energy costs turned out to be fairly small since the new distillation equipment operates on less than a 1 degree temperature differential.
I am out of town right now but maybe someone can Google Orange County and see if one of their retired engineers wants a Mexican vacation. Carol
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