San Diego’s top water quality official worries that a new desalination plant in Mexico could worsen the decades-long problem of sewage spilling across the border into the United States.
The connection between that plant and sewage spills may not be obvious. But there are three connections: wastewater management, money and politics.
For years, Mexican officials have been working to build a desalination plant in Rosarito Beach that would eventually make 100 million gallons a day of Pacific Ocean water drinkable.
David Gibson, executive director of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, says the new desalination plant could siphon money from the already strained Tijuana sewer system.
That worry grew more acute after a recent spill sent millions of gallons of sewage north through the Tijuana River in February, causing foul odors and closing beaches in the South Bay. A collapsed sewer line is believed to be responsible for making the spill the largest in over a decade – though an investigation by U.S. and Mexican officials is still trying to pin down exactly what happened.
As the scope of that spill became clear, Gibson wrote on March 2 to the International Boundary and Water Commission, a binational agency that is supposed to help settle differences along the border.
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It seems to me that Mr Bradshaw has a better idea of what's going on than Mr Rivard does.
"Mexican officials are looking to build an ocean water desalination plant" ought to read "Two corrupt Mexican officials have been working with foreign capitalists to permit the creation of a second, privatized ocean-water desalanation plant". Rosarito had a locally owned desalanation plant that operated for fifty years in the latter half of the twentieth century: what happend to it? why is it no longer functioning? what might we learn from that operation to improve today's water supplies? Put it in perspective, please. Otherwise you're just another shill selling the sizzle without the steak.
And what is this new verb, "to first focus"? Does that mean there is now also a "to second focus" and "to third focus"?
The timing of these remarks in the wake of wall building and NAFTA threats is so unfortunate that I have to conclude Mr. Gibson is either a complete idiot or engaging is some sort of CYA exercise.