Desalination plant in Carlsbad approved

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Board unanimously approved a plan today to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad capable of producing 50 million gallons of drinking water a day.

Poseidon Resources, the project’s developer, said the decision clears the way for construction on the desalination plant to begin.

“Today’s decision successfully brings to a close the project’s six-year permitting process that included more than 14 public hearings and over 70 hours of public testimony and deliberation,” according to a statement issued by Poseidon Resources.

“Poseidon has now received every regulatory agency approval necessary to start project construction,” it continued.

The company said it hopes to complete the more than $300 million project – which will be located adjacent to the Encina Power Station at Agua Hedionda Lagoon – by 2012.

When it’s finished, the desalination plant will be capable of converting enough ocean water into drinking water to meet the needs of 300,000 residents, about 50 million gallons a day.

To mitigate any environmental impacts from the project’s, the SDRWQB required Poseidon Resources to create 55.4 acres of coastal wetland habitat in Southern California.

The SDRWQB’s decision comes one day after a Superior Court judge ruled against two environmental groups who sued in an effort to halt the construction of the desalination plant.

Related posts:

  1. Desalination plant gets Lands Commission OK
  2. Santa Fe Irrigation District tapping into new water source
  3. Environmental groups agree not to sue
  4. New generators on way to nuclear power plant
  5. Statewide drought has local impact

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