July 09, 2012

#Water: Desal is not the Texas answer

Oh, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is trying to make it the answer, sure. Sounds need. Tap a brackish Hill Country aquifer and desalinate it.

Just one problem: "new" water from desalinization costs three times as much as "saved" water from conservation. Or more.

But, desal is a fancy, techie approach, so let's do it. Jerry Patterson's reading from the Dick Cheney Playbook.

As for allegedly improving the value of the Hays County land, this will be done only if an eventual private purchaser isn't billed for the cost of the desal facility.

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