The city leaders are not going to back down from development or change what they have already approved. Zone 7 cannot provide the volume of water to Pleasanton that is necessary to maintain what has been the norm and provide for new development.
How is Pleasanton going to maintain development and provide water to Pleasanton residents for their homes and to businesses for every day use?
The answer can be desalination.
Pleasanton can partner with other east bay cities, Castro Valley, Hayward, Fremont, San Leandro, Livermore, Dublin and others. Partner with these other east bay cities to build a desalination plant.
A desalination test project in San Diego produced 300,000 gallons of drinking water a day. The project cost ten million dollars and was built on one acre of land. Thirty-five miles north from San Diego, Carlsbad will be starting up a brand new desalination plant year 2016. This plant will produce 50 million gallons of drinking water a day. The plant cost is one billion dollars.
By partnering with other east bay cities a desalination plant can be built for five billion dollars. Five billion dollars to build a desalination plant that will provide 50% of usage requirements (250 million gallons) of daily drinking water for the citties partnered in.
Countries in the middle east have relied on desalination for their drinking water for years. There is no reason Pleasanton cannot follow suit.
Wind generators can be a part of the project to power the new plant. Fifty 1.5 megawatt turbines will produce 75 to 150 megawatts of power, or the equivalent of 300 million kilo watts yearly.
With the east bay cities partnered in, the east bay congressional delegation can lobby for the five billion necessary to build the plant.
After all five billion is peanuts in Washington.