Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 | 2:03 a.m.
Regarding Phoebe Sweet’s story in Thursday’s Las Vegas Sun, “Gibbons takes another whack at pipeline plan”:
Gov. Jim Gibbons’ idea of building a water desalinization plant in California in exchange for an equivalent share of California’s Colorado River water turns the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s pipeline plan into a white elephant.
Using estimates for smaller desalinization plants in California, a facility to supply 100,000 acre-feet a year of water would cost about a fourth of the pipeline’s estimated $3 billion or $4 billion. Sounds like Gov. Gibbons and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger need to start negotiating now.