Desalination Can Provide a Drought-Proof Water Supply for Orange County
“Today’s drought emergency declaration by Governor Brown reinforces the need for the state to further develop new sources that enhance regional water supply self-reliance. California’s 840-mile coastline provides strategic access to the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest reservoir, which is capable of providing the state with a new, sustainable and drought-proof water supply.
“Construction of Poseidon Water’s Carlsbad desalination project is on schedule to be completed before the end of 2015, providing California with the largest and most technologically advanced seawater desalination plant in the western hemisphere. The facility will reduce the need for San Diego County to import 56,000 acre feet of water per year from Northern California and protect the region and its economy from the effects of drought.
“Poseidon’s proposed Huntington Beach desalination project is in the final phase of permitting and requires only an approval from the Coastal Commission to permit plant construction. We are committed to working with the Coastal Commission to bring closure to the permitting process so that Orange County has the same opportunity as San Diego County to drought-proof its water supply.
“According to analysis conducted by the Orange County Water District, the Poseidon Huntington Beach facility would reduce future imported water needs within the district’s boundaries. With Southern California’s imported water supplies under climate and regulatory constraints, we look forward to working with the Orange County water community to deliver this new, drought-proof water supply in a timely and cost-effective manner.”
Poseidon Water specializes in developing and financing water infrastructure projects, primarily seawater desalination and water treatment plants. These projects are implemented through innovative public-private partnerships in which private enterprise assumes the developmental and financial risks.