CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 |
Bracing for future shortages and rising prices, Oxnard on Thursday unveiled a $50-million overhaul of its ground water-supply system, intended to provide the city with cheaper and more reliable water. The ambitious program includes construction of a regional desalination plant to treat brackish ground water and make it potable, and a plan to recycle waste water for agricultural use. "Things are getting tighter. Meanwhile, demand is going up," said Ken Ortega, Oxnard water superintendent.