March 6, 2017

Life Saver

At the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant.

We had a tour today, courtesy of the MIT Alumni Club of San Diego, arranged by none other than my DH, Richard.  It was fascinating.  This life preserver is stationed on the floor/roof of an enormous storage tank.  There were many enormous storage tanks, ginormous pipes,  tubes,  steel slabs, stairways, railings…industrial design on steroids?

They produce 50 million gallons of drinking water each day, about 10% of what’s needed for the county.  They’ve been doing it for about a year and will do it for at least 29 more.  You can check out their website.  I guess there needs to be a life preserver wherever there is water.  It felt ironic and wry.  Our guide explained that sometimes people have to open (and even enter?) the tank.  Hope I have that right!

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