Letter: Math on plants explains it all

The good people who live in Mohave County and Kingman have been told that the two solar plants that they want to build in our backyard will be good for us. The water that will be used to cool these two plants will come from our aquifer. When the math is done on these two projects, it does not look good for the people of Mohave County and Kingman.

Let's start with one solar plant using 3,000 acre feet of water per year. One acre foot of water is 327,000 gallons. Three thousand acre feet of water times 327,000 gallons equals 981 million gallons of water per year. That amount comes to 18.9 million gallons per week when it is divided by 52 weeks. Divide that by 7 and you get 2.7 million gallons per day or 113,000 gallons per hour. It will take more than four wells pumping 25,000 gallons per hour to cool this plant. And as the saying goes, it will go up in smoke.

Now, if two of these plants are built, the water they will use will double to 1.9 billion gallons per year or 37.7 million gallons per week and 5.4 million gallons per day. By then, it will take eight or more wells pumping 50,000 gallons per hour to cool two solar plants. Mohave County and the desert around the West have been in a very severe drought for the last 10 years. When we have no rain, there is no water put back into the Hualapai aquifer. One only has to look at Lake Mead to figure that out. What is going on above the ground is the same thing going on below the ground. Think, really bad drought!

The city of Kingman water plant serves 45,000 people and uses 8,000 to 9,000 acre feet of water per year. These two plants will use in a little over a year's time the same amount of water that is used in Kingman for a year. The water these two plants will use as stated before will go up in smoke (steam). No cold drink or a shower. I don't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican, pick up a rock and give it a squeeze, no water will come out of it. That is what we will be left with if these solar plants are given the right to suck the water out of the aquifer. They will take the water, make their profits and ride off in the sunset when the water is all gone.

Robert Fenwick

Kingman