By Kristina Pritchett

South Coast Water District’s Value for Money analysis will be presented to the Board of Directors on March 22.

During the director’s meeting on Thursday, March 9, the board voted unanimously in favor of a task order to GHD, Inc. for a Doheny Desalination Project Value for Money analysis workshop.

The board approved for an analysis to be performed to conduct the total risk-adjusted cost between project delivery options of a district-owned fixed-price construction and an operations and maintenance contract, and a public-private-partnership where a private sector sponsor would build, own and operate the plant, and sell water to the district under a long-term contract.

In November, the board approved for GHD to begin the process. The cost of the workshop is $27,465.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the District office, located at 31592 West St., Laguna Beach.

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  • While we ultimately may have to resort to desalination (Desal), the last thing we need to do is privatize our water supply. Every city, state and country (e.g. Stockton, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Bolivia) have been financial disasters for “we the people.”

    This past week the National Geographic channel premiered “Water and Power: A California Heist.” I urge everyone to see this film before making a decision. California has mismanaged our water over the past 100-years, allowing for a slow but steady movement towards privatization. BTW, Stockton had to go to court to return to their former public water system. Bolivia had a revolution.

    The legislature has allowed fracking to proceed during the extended drought, consuming millions of gallons of our dwindling water supply. Simultaneously they have allowed water bottling companies like Nestle, to pump millions of gallons of water out of our aquifers. They sell our water back to us at 900 to 1000 times the cost of an equivalent amount of tap water.

    Up until three years ago I lived alone. My average water bill was $35.00 a month. I now have a full-time live-in caretaker, and my monthly water bill averages $8 to $13 a month. How did I do it? Dual flush water conserving toilets (3), automatic faucets in the bathrooms and kitchens, and recycle pumps to take the cool-downed water in the hot water lines and send it back through the cold water lines. When the hot water reaches the pump, it is automatically redirected to the faucet. Next addition planned is a Greyter HOME system that will capture waste water from the showers and sinks, store it and redirect it as needed for toilet flushing. A family of four can reduce their annual water consumption by approximately 35-percent.

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