Desalination is the process whereby ocean water is converted to freshwater suitable for drinking or agricultural irrigation. The technology has existed for more than 70 years and is used extensively in Israel where desert lands have been turned into farms and forests, and where freshwater is now being exported to neighboring countries. While desalination plants are expensive to operate, they have great value.
Unfortunately, the state of California has refused to invest in desalination facilities which has contributed to the severe water shortage and increasing prices of water and food crops.
California has the potential for turning desert wasteland into productive farms and forests while solving the water shortage and increasing prices. The state legislature simply needs to change its spending priorities.