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Can We Engineer Ourselves Out of the California Drought?

When you hear Dr. Matthew Stuber describe the inner-workings of the HydroRevolution plant being constructed by his company in Firebaugh, California, in the heart of the Central Valley, it sounds like magic, not a much-needed solution to the dire problem of water usage and prolonged drought. When finished sometime next year, this solar-powered desalination plant will treat up to two million gallons a day, boiling out natural minerals and salts "like a kettle on the stove." As Dr. Stuber puts it, the system is "replicating the natural life cycle of water," the same ways clouds that form in the ocean from evaporated salt water release clean rain over dry land. Nature finds a way, and perhaps engineers find a better one.

"California is a very large dragon to slay in terms of water" >>