I don't get it
It's poking fun at the fact that our tax dollars have pour millions into a project that started 35 years ago and it's still going on. So why hurry up and complete it?
The "project" has been completed twice. The first time it was not needed and deconstructed. The second time it is producing water (at a very expensive cost) but wasn't needed either. They ignored recycling/reuse options (that Montecito Water District is now investigating) which are much less costly. Can't ditch the second system easily however as the contractors have a very long term contract that requires us to pay them even if we don't need the water. The city Public Works people have consistently screwed up on this issue but probably under duress from the then city manager and our elected reps.
RHS, you have no idea what you are talking about. Please stop posting false information regarding the Desal Plant. There is no long contract and because of the current drought, we definitely need the water. Yes, the Desal Plant continued to produce after the 2012-2017 drought. What you don't know is that this drought left Santa Barbara's ground aquafers dangerously low. When an aquifer dries up it dies and can never be used again. Santa Barbara needed an additional water source to keep up with demand.
In 2017 when the Desal Plant came online Santa Barbara had enough water to stop pumping from its groundwater wells. This has given our aquafers the ability to naturally recharge for the past four years. The "City Public Works People" are looking at the whole picture and have done an outstanding job. The truth is there is no one solution for California's water shortages. The city has been working on water recycling and reuse for years. Google it!
One of the best yet. LOL
Ha! Maybe in another 35 years it'll finally be up and running?
Surfer, It has been running for years and we're using the water.
my building gets 100% of it's water from the desal plant and has for quite some time. Do folks not know where their water comes from?
https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=188412 for some knowledge
I don't get this one either. The desal plant is providing 30% of the city's water already. Maybe the cartoon is referring to the construction going on along Olive Street? If so, that project is to allow desal water to be delivered to a much larger number of customers. Currently, only areas close to the desal facility are actually getting desalinated water.
In other words, it's providing an additional water source that most of us currently can't access. Sounds like a very good, responsible use of tax dollars if you ask me.
CB: I think you missed on this one as the desal plant is providing quite a bit of water in town. You can salvage your cartoon using the e-x-a-c-t same text, but with replace the title/caption at the bottom with:
"Fiesta Inn & Suites - 1816 State Street"
I believe the de-sal unit was built years ago, mothballed costing many dollars and then started again.
Stupid uninformed cartoon intended at disinformation that most people do not in fact understand. Just wait if it does not rain this coming Winter and Desal is just about all that is left! Let's see who is complaining. In the meantime, it is working just fine today and will continue to do so for as long as we need it. How long are we going to need Water???
I am not sure how this cartoon can get published 4 years after construction has been completed. The new Desal Plant took less than 2 years to build and has been producing 3,000,000 gallons of drinking water a day since 2017.
(Almost the) Lamest cartoon ever. I can see why this guy doesn’t have a job at the simpsons
These desal guys are definitely union. And I bet they drink their Budweiser beer on their long, long lunch breaks.
Gimli, the guys actually working on site aren’t the problem - it’s the elected leaders, voters, and public works people who run the show ultimately. See RHS’s comment above.
BasicInfo805, do your own research. RHS has no idea what he is talking about.
@BASICINFO805 - Well, those 4 desal guys are wearing hardhats and toolbelts, so they are just following their Work Orders from their superiors. "OK you guys! Here are your Work Orders! No big hurry. You have two or three, maybe four decades to get it done. And you will get paid for overtime every once in awhile. Just don't tell anyone, OK?"
Next time politicians trot out the old excuse for doing nothing- you know, "even if we start right now it will take 10 years" remember that is your cue to insist we start right away.
I would need to see three independent cost analyses before I believe claims that it was cheaper to disassemble the desal plant and sell it for pennies on the dollar to the Saudi's the first time, only to realize we needed to turn around and rebuild it a few years later
this should have been taken down...