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City council will consider La Quinta corridor desal plant

Protestors rally against proposed La Quinta corridor desalination plant
Posted at 12:08 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 13:17:30-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The city council today will consider approving the start of the permitting process for a desalination plant in the La Quinta corridor.

But there is opposition.

Environmental groups voiced their concern with a protest this morning at the South Texas Art Center.

The city says desal will provide the city and region with a steady, uninterruptable water supply.

Meanwhile, opponents believe desal would be bad for the ecosystem in Corpus Christi Bay and would actually make water rates go up.

“Desalination plants are such notorious energy hogs,” said Jim Klein of the Clean Economy Coalition. “It costs so much to produce that fresh water that the price actually goes up. We have some concerns about that, we have concerns as well about the discharge of the brine.”

We’ll let you know what the council decides coming up on KRIS 6 News later today.