Bad for our wallets
Desalinating seawater is by far the most expensive water option for LA.
Bad for our climate
Our studies estimate the plant would contribute ~44,000 metric tons of CO2 every year.
Bad for our Coast
It would be the first industrial facility built on our coastline since the 1950s.
We don't need it
LA has a handful of smarter options. Desal should be our last resort.
It's energy intensive
Taking salt out of seawater requires more energy than all the alternatives... even more than pumping water hundreds of miles across the state to LA.
West Basin is proposing the desalination of 20-60 million gallons of seawater per day. Our studies estimate that will contribute ~44,000 – 146,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere every year. This is equivalent to the emissions associated with the electricity demand of ~18,000 – 59,000 California homes.
Did you know California's coastal economy accounts for about 80% of the state's gross domestic product? We should treasure our coastline and maintain its ecological and aesthetic integrity... not build new industrial blemishes on the beach.
Additionally, open-ocean desalination, which West Basin is proposing, causes a plethora of damage to our precious coastal ecosystems.
Mayor Garcetti Sustainability pLAn outlines how the City of LA will obtain 50% of its water locally by 2035 - without any mention of desalination.
The proposed site for West Basin's facility is just 3 miles from the Hyperion Wastewater Reclamation Plant, which currently dumps over 200 million gallons of treated wastewater into the ocean... every day. Rather than reclaiming that water directly, West Basin is proposing we suck the seawater right back up to desalt it! It's inefficient and nonsensical.