Palo Verde refueling top-performing reactor

by John Washington on June 27, 2016

What uses 23 billion gallons of water every year?

The math from the article doesn’t quite add up, but regardless of which number is correct, billions of water are going up in the air–literally–every year, and being removed from our watershed. This is water that otherwise might be used for recharging our ever-more-depleted Central Arizona aquifers.

Cheap electricity is good (right?), but massive water consumption is yet another long-term cost of nuclear power that is being ignored.

Source: Palo Verde refueling top-performing reactor

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Norton June 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm

We probably aren’t willing to pitch tents in the shores of our lakes. So we need AC. Right?

How should we make the a.c. current necessary to run our a.c. units?






And how much water and carbon is required for each option ?


John Washington June 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Any fuel-based technology is going to require water. But the point is that there are many unintended consequences of all the alternatives, and there are many hidden costs.


Mark Pabst June 29, 2016 at 8:32 am

Doesn’t water that goes up into the air, make its way back one way or the other?


John Washington June 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

Well of course, but most of it won’t make it back into OUR watershed for the foreseeable future, and the water table continues to shrink…which was the explicit point of my citation to the article.


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