Posted by Suzanna Hinson

The benefits of nuclear power to mitigating the energy and climate crises are well known, but it now has the potential to mitigate water crises too. The mega-drought in California is one of the worst ever recorded; a State of Emergency was declared in January and the dry conditions are likely to continue well into the summer months. The only power facility in California that does not use any of the state’s precious fresh water is the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. However, not only does the plant have no demand for water, it could also play its part in providing supply. This is because the plant desalinates ocean water. The water is not only for the reactors but also to irrigate the surrounding area and even produce drinking water for workers. The desalination facility is currently not running at maximum capacity and with a few upgrades could produce a million and a half gallons of fresh water a day – providing clean energy and clean water for Califronia.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/06/09/californias-megadrought-nuclear-power-to-the-rescue/

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