Hurdle Cleared Over Proposed Desalination Plant in San Diego

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A plan to provide the San Diego area with drinking water made from seawater has cleared a major hurdle.

The San Diego County Water Authority announced Thursday that it's reached an agreement with a private company to buy enough water from a proposed desalination plant to supply 112,000 homes.

The 30-year deal will have a public review and could be approved this fall.

Having a buyer allows Poseidon Resources to obtain financing to build the Carlsbad plant and a 10-mile-long delivery pipeline.

The plant could start producing in 2016 and by 2020 could provide 8 percent of the region's water - although the cost could be double that of conventional sources.

The water authority currently obtains most of its water from a single source and has been trying to diversify.

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