Construction has started on a 10-mile pipeline that is part of a $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif. "The Carlsbad desalination plant is an attempt to develop new water supplies within our boundaries that are locally controlled, drought-proof and not conditioned upon snow, rainfall and other climatic conditions," said Peter MacLaggan, vice president of Poseidon Resources. The plant is expected to be operational in 2016, and water rates will rise.

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