California to build a desalination plant due to record drought

The US California Coastal Commission has given the green light to build a $140 million desalination plant as the region faces its worst drought in 1,200 years, Reuters reports. 

State regulators unanimously rejected a similar, larger project five months ago, citing environmental risks. However, recently, the commission also unanimously voted for the construction of the facility, whose capacity will be 10 percent higher than the previous one.

The new plant is expected to be able to produce 5 million gallons of drinking water per day, enough for 40,000 people. This plant is designed specifically for residents of Orange County, located south of Los Angeles.