From the Chronicle: “California drought: Solar desalination plant shows promise”

  • by BPC Staff
  • on March 18, 2014

California drought: Solar desalination plant shows promise

Firebaugh, Fresno County

Quietly whirring away in a dusty field in the Central Valley is a shiny solar energy machine that may someday solve many of California’s water problems.

It’s called the WaterFX solar thermal desalination plant, and it has been turning salty, contaminated irrigation runoff into ultra-pure liquid for nearly a year for the Panoche Water and Drainage District. It’s the only solar-driven desalination plant of its kind in the country.

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