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Ok. "Marin County water officials are thinking of buying three desalination plants to bolster local supplies, but they’re facing an unlikely competitor — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Marin Municipal Water District, which might deplete its reservoirs by next summer if the drought continues, had considered renting two portable desalination plants for nearly $30 million from Osmoflo, an Australian company. Last week, the district staff said a third plant has become available and that purchasing them might be less expensive than renting.

However, bin Salman wants the same plants for his controversial, futuristic megacity of Neom on the Red Sea, according to Paul Sellier, the water district’s operations director. Bin Salman created a company, also named Neom, to build the city, and he is chairman of the board.

Bin Salman’s proposed $500 billion city envisions a 10,000-square-mile utopia with lavish amenities such as a “huge artificial moon, glow-in-the-dark beaches, flying drone-powered taxis, robotic butlers to clean the homes of residents and a Jurassic Park-style attraction featuring animatronic lizards,” according to reports from the Guardian last year."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...

Neom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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