Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office:

Something that has intrigued me for many years is the subject of Desalination. The technology of removing salt and contaminants from brackish groundwater and seawater.

When I first heard of this technology and started doing some research, I found that it has been around for many years-even going back as far as the early Egyptians who were known to have used a form of thermal desalination for water treatment.

Checking further, the cost varies considerably by location. But if you look at a 2012 study by the Texas Water Development Board, it was determined that total production cost of desalted brackish water in Texas ranged from $1.09 to $2.40 per thousand gallons. And today, desalted brackish water can be favorable fit for Pleasanton or any city’s water supply program. Something we might want to look at in the future. I think it would have a positive impact on our community and Texas as a whole. But, it all comes down to affordability and that is something that we must look at closely, when the time comes. As a wise man once said, “all it takes is money.”

Until next week, best regards.

TRAVIS HALL is the Mayor of Pleasanton. You may E-mail him at

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