It appears the state Legislature is once again trying to grant government authority to ban and remove residential water softeners with the introduction of Assembly Bill 1366, which looks virtually identical to Assembly Bill 2270, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed in his first term.
I can only hope that the fifth district’s new state senator, Lois Wolk, recalls her elementary science related to separating salt from saltwater better than her predecessor.
Once again, building solar arrays to power desalination plants will not only provide a better solution to the issue at hand but will create jobs, leading to additional tax revenue for the state. Furthermore, if the solar arrays were built with capacity exceeding the needs of the desalination facilities, the state could sell the additional power to the energy companies and add capacity to the state power grid.
This would allow the project to more than pay for itself while addressing issues of water salinity, job and tax revenue shortage and state power capacity — all while keeping the government out of my home and allowing me to save money and energy by using my water softener.
It boils down to elementary science, simple civics and easy economics. C’mon, folks!