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SLO County, PG&E agree to desalinated water sale

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant's desalination facility Diablo Canyon Power Plant's desalination facility

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to buy water from PG&E for emergency use, such as in the case of a wildfire.

Diablo Canyon Power Plant has a desalination facility that turns ocean water into fresh water. It can produce more than 450 gallons of water per minute.

The deal is good for five years. According to the Water Sale Agreement, the County Office of Emergency Services would start off paying PG&E $1,086 per acre. That rate would increase 3% each year.

The County's Drought Task Force will also begin studying the possibility of using some of that water to replenish declining aquifers in the south county.

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