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Water Authority Signs on to Desalination Project

The San Diego County Water Authority board on April 28 approved an agreement with the city of Carlsbad on a plan to develop a $270 million regional seawater desalination plant at the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad.

Earlier this month, the Carlsbad City Council, the Carlsbad Municipal Water District and the Carlsbad Housing and Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved the agreement.

Since 2001, Carlsbad has worked with a private developer, Poseidon Resources of Stamford, Conn., on a water-purchase agreement to provide a local water supply to its residents from a proposed privately owned and operated desalination plant at Encina. The agreement between the Water Authority and Carlsbad would allow delivery of the desalinated seawater throughout San Diego County, and provide a local supply for Carlsbad.

Under the agreement, Carlsbad would purchase up to 5,000 acre-feet of desalinated water a year, and pay the Water Authority’s full cost to produce the water and the estimated cost of delivering it to Carlsbad’s local distribution system.

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An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons.

Any grant funding received through the Metropolitan Water District, or any state and federal funding source for the project, will be shared proportionately.

Pat Broderick

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