New California plant may determine country’s future in seawater desalination​

The Carlsbad Desalination Project will provide 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water a day once it comes online, scheduled for late 2015.

The AP reports on the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif., set to open later this year. Supporters consider seawater desalination a partial answer to drought in the U.S. Opponents say high costs and threats to marine life leave better alternatives, like recycling and conservation.

The billion-dollar project is only the nation's second major seawater plant. The first U.S. foray in Tampa Bay is widely considered a flop.

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