From KPIX:

But Steven Greenhut disagrees. The author of the book, “Winning the Water Wars” says conservation can only go so far and California should be looking for ways to create a larger water supply rather than just managing scarcity.

“It’s a little more costly right now,” he said. “But I think when we’re out of water and districts are talking about rationing, I think we’d be happy to pay a little more to get a consistent, reliable source of water.”

Even if the desalination plant was approved it wouldn’t help this year. The district’s timeline proposed completion at the end of 2022 at the earliest.