Arizona moves toward binational desalination project

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Arizona’s Water Infrastructure Finance Authority is supporting a desalination plant in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez through a nonbinding resolution, as reported by Arizona Central.

The project would move desalinated water through the Central Arizona Project canal in an effort to deal with declining supplies of Colorado River water.

The Central Arizona ProjectOpens in a new tab. writes that work toward a U.S.-Mexico collaborative effort for a binational desalination project has spanned nearly 50 years.  Both nations would benefit from the augmented water supply produced by the desalination project.  Given current trends, Arizona, California and Mexico could lose their Colorado River water supply if the water level in Lake Mead continues to drop.

The proposed desalination plant would be run by IDE TechnologiesOpens in a new tab., established in 1965 in Israel.  In May, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey met with Israeli officialsOpens in a new tab. to discuss desalination projects.

Image and Credit:

Mexico spongy red cliffs on the blue Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur, Mexico, May 2009.  George Miquilena via Wikimedia CommonsOpens in a new tab..

 

Deborah

Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

One thought on “Arizona moves toward binational desalination project

  1. Desalinated water from the Sea of Cortez! Fantastic! That sounds like a very good solution. Also sounds expensive but I guess we’ll hear more about that soon enough.

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