A worker in this 2015 photo climbs among some of the 2,000 pressure vessels used to convert seawater into fresh water through reverse osmosis in the desalination plant in Carlsbad. The developers of that plant have been awaiting approval for a second plant in Huntington Beach for nearly 20 years.
A worker in this 2015 photo climbs among some of the 2,000 pressure vessels used to convert seawater into fresh water through reverse osmosis in the desalination plant in Carlsbad. The developers of that plant have been awaiting approval for a second plant in Huntington Beach for nearly 20 years. Gregory Bull Associated Press file
A worker in this 2015 photo climbs among some of the 2,000 pressure vessels used to convert seawater into fresh water through reverse osmosis in the desalination plant in Carlsbad. The developers of that plant have been awaiting approval for a second plant in Huntington Beach for nearly 20 years. Gregory Bull Associated Press file

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It shouldn’t take 20 years to decide whether to build a desalination plant

May 10, 2017 10:58 AM

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