Sam Bollier is a junior at Brown University, studying Arabic and American history. He has worked for a number of organizations on environmental issues and the pharmaceutical industry.
| by Sam Bollier
A recently approved desalination plant near San Diego will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The plant will suck in 100 million gallons of ocean water a day, supplying up to 10 percent of San Diego’s drinking water.
However, the environmental consequences are likely to be damaging – and the plant, which will be run by Connecticut-based Poseidon Resources Corporation, represents another step towards the privatization of public water supplies for private profit.