Cronkite News: Reviewing water-desalination

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cronkite News reports that Rep. Steve Montenegro proposed legislation to review Arizona history and look for opportuities for water desalination. HB 2445 won a unanimous endorsement Feb. 5 from the House Agriculture, Water and Lands Committee.

Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said that while the center doesn’t have a definitive stance on desalination it is one strategy for augmenting the state’s water supply.

“In addition to these strategies, there are also strategies to reduce demand,” Porter said. “For example, by improving the efficiency of water delivery and use technologies.”

“The process of developing new water projects and management techniques is complicated and takes a long time,” she said. “So to address that potential shortfall Arizona needs to start planning now.”

A committee would be comprised of members from the House and Senate, representing each political party, with experience in desalination projects; along with university faculty members with expertise in hydrology or relevant field.

READ: Lawmaker pressing for study of water-desalination potential