Geosynthetics: The Solution for Managing Nuclear Power Generation Water Supply in an Arid Environment

The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the largest power producer of any kind in the United States, provides power to New Mexico, California, Texas, and Arizona. Its design, construction, and operation are based on onsite containment of not just radioactive material, but more than 4.4 billion gallons of water that can provide sufficient cooling water for longer than one year if necessary. Its three units can generate more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity. Located 55 miles west of Phoenix, it is the only nuclear plant in the world that does not sit on a large body of water and therefore uses treated effluent from several areas to meet its cooling needs. Currently, it is recycling about 20 billion gallons of wastewater each year. Its use of wastewater preserves enough ground or surface water for hundreds of thousands of households each year.


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  • Accession Number: 01497167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 20130000
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2013 12:31PM