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Will a 76-year deal make Palo Alto's wastewater safe to drink?

Original post made on Nov 11, 2019

Seeking to turn wastewater into a valuable and drinkable commodity, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are moving ahead with a deal that would allow the city to build a salt-removal plant and ship treated water south.

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5 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2019 at 6:44 pm

What happens to the salt?


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Posted by Ecoist
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2019 at 6:54 pm

How much natural gas will it take to provide power for the plant? The planet uses solar power to make fresh water.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 12, 2019 at 12:36 am

They do not call it salt, they call it Total Disolved Solids (TDS). How will they get it out? As much as I admire Phil Bobel, even he cannot answer that question.

Sorry, I am not buying it, it is nasty stuff.

Whoops, miss type, the city is going to buy it for us,with our tax money,whether we like it or not.

Enjoy the (effluent) Kool-aid!


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2019 at 9:01 am

>> "Essentially, we're selling a 76-year option for $1 million a year," Filseth asked. "Is that a good deal for Palo Alto? That's the question."

That seems unwise on the face of it.

My real concern is energy. Will this facility use fossil fuel (specifically natural gas) as an energy source? That would be a serious problem.


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Posted by Good question
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2019 at 1:42 pm

"Essentially, we're selling a 76-year option for $1 million a year," Filseth asked. "Is that a good deal for Palo Alto? That's the question."

Good question. What was the answer? Was it discussed?


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 12, 2019 at 2:20 pm

No Eric, it's not a good deal.


4 people like this
Posted by susan
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Selling our future to Water District (AKA the Golden Spigot) is a terrible idea!


2 people like this
Posted by Jeff Salver
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Nov 19, 2019 at 6:12 pm

Oh I can't wait to drink Wastewater I bet it's tasty and it's good cuz it's recycled that's good for the Earth it's like a green New Deal I heard it's very nutritional I'm buying a new cup right now then we can take the recycle salt and put that on her food that is so smart who came up with this their brilliant


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2019 at 9:06 am

Posted by Jeff Salver, a resident of Palo Alto Hills

>> Oh I can't wait to drink Wastewater I

From the project description, you might have to wait a while. It sounds like the water is going to water corporate office park lawns to start. Am I missing something?


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