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Keith R. Solar, an attorney in the Real Estate and Water Law Practice Groups of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as well as a managing shareholder of the firm's San Diego office, co-authored an article published in the July 2010 edition of the Western City — the monthly magazine of the league of California cities. Solar contributed to the article, titled "Six Key Considerations for Diversifying Your Water Supply Portfolio Using Desalination," alongside the former Deputy City Manager for the City of Carlsbad, Jim Elliott.

In the article, the two discuss seawater desalination and how it "is finally becoming a more viable water supply alternative." However, they explained, "this option remains controversial; it can be costly and may attract staunch opposition from environmentalists."
They go on to explain that "when considering whether to add desalination to a water supply portfolio, city council members or water district board members should weigh at least six primary factors: quality, quantity, reliability, price, public benefit and risk."

The article goes on to explain each of these factors.