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Friday, April 24, 2009

Desalination: In our future, but no silver bullet for cure

Published Apr. 24, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
With one desalination plant operating in Tampa Bay and another in the works for Flagler County, the practice of turning seawater into fresh drinking water is drawing increasing attention. And this week, the St. Johns River Water Management District declared that a desalination plant has an almost-certain future in Jacksonville, too.

Most wastewater in Jacksonville is dumped into the St. Johns River, unlike in other parts of the state where more wastewater is reused.

Today, even at full operation, (The Tampa Bay plant) is producing between 16 million and 20 million gallons a day, below its 25-million- gallons-a-day capacity.

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