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Jeff Davis, San Juan Capistrano

I was happy to see our most precious resource featured on the cover (Dana Point Times, August 16-22, Vol. 6, Issue 33). In the “Water Worries” article, we learned about Southern California’s water issues. In short, the water we use every day is limited, and the journey it takes begins in either Sacramento or the Colorado River, and requires a lot of time, energy, money and even water to reach our tap.

The article offered solutions too, one of these being the proposed Doheny Desalination Project. But with numbers and figures like $150 million (the start-up cost of the project), 50 percent (the increase in price of our water to pay for the plant) and 30 million (the amount of saltwater gallons sucked up by the plant everyday), it makes my brain hurt.

I believe that before we spend more money on meeting, consulting, proposing and building ways to turn saltwater into drinking water, we should focus on using less.

Small, individual actions over time have the power to make a big, collective impact. Together we can solve our “water worries” for free. Inside your home, take a shorter shower, turn off the faucet when brushing and only wash full loads of laundry. Outside, consider removing your lawn, which uses almost 750 gallons of water per week. Plant drought tolerant and native plants that use less water instead.

Finally, consider the water footprint of everything. This is the water hidden inside the goods and services we use every day, for example, the cotton T-shirt you’re wearing that uses 700 gallons in order to grow, harvest, weave, package and ship it to the store.

If we care about life, then we should care about water. Without, we wouldn’t be here. If we care about water, and if we care about tomorrow, we should take action today. You can start with this list. For the next step, visit The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano or online at

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  • Fresh water for drinking, agriculture and Industrial use is an essential for mankind and is amongst one of the most important for man’s survival. The rapid increase of the world’s population, pollution and nonuniform distribution of potable water is forcing mankind to new techniques for water purification, distillation, generating the highest quality of potable water, reducing energy consumption and eliminating environmental damage. Available today is a unique process for purifying a liquid by its tendency to erupt into violent vapor when present in a negative atmosphere and unable to hold attention to the fixed elements which fall from the vapor, because of an inherent lightness of the vapor or fickleness of elements disposition and will not evaporate but become condense. This process is unlike Multi flash, Multistage or Reverse Osmosis technologies with high capital and installation costs. The P-VES technology is much lower in capital and installation costs. The unique process is available to operate and maintain the operation with a primary thermal energy (steam) charge. The primary energy charge operates and maintains the distillation process by circulating the thermal energy in a loop, recycling the thermal energy within the operation for the evaporation and separation of the elements and water, producing the low cost desalination and reducing the energy cost of drinking water. Elements falling from the vapor drop into the auger at the bottom and are removed..

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    Jim Slark
    October 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Don’t know about others but we already practice strict water habits as I think most Californians do. But uncertainties abound, and the thinking is trending toward water being a very scarce resource in the near future. I think prudence dictates we work every element but recognize the need to produce more water. How about using residual heat at San Onofre to vaporize ocean water into steam?

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