In Santa Barbara, California, is expected to start a desalination plant in April.

The Santa Barbara desalination plant will produce nearly 3 million gallons of water per day, about 30% of city’s demand. It will use the latest reverse osmosis technology and design practices to reduce electrical demand and environmental impacts.
In the reverse osmosis process the seawater enters the desalination facility from 2,500 ft offshore at velocities of less than 0,5 ft/s. It will use ocean intake pipes equipped with wedge wire screens with 1 mm openings to minimize impact on marine life.
The city will be able to expand the facility up to a capacity of 10,000 acre-feet of water annually if drought conditions continue and additional water is needed.

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