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December 14, 2015   
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Nation's Largest Seawater Desalination Plant Enhances Water Supply Reliability for San Diego County
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The San Diego Union-Tribune praised the Carlsbad Desalination Project in an editorial published online Saturday and in the Sunday print edition. 
It's been there all along, the largest reservoir in the world, lapping at our shore but unavailable through drought after drought. Finally, on Monday, politicians and government officials, business leaders and residents will gather in Carlsbad to dedicate a $1 billion plant and pipeline connecting the Pacific Ocean to the San Diego County drinking water network. It is in many ways a remarkable and historic achievement. But it is hardly the end of the search for reliable, sustainable, drought-proof sources of affordable water for the future.

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Nation's Largest Seawater Desalination Plant Enhances Water Supply Reliability for San Diego County
 Region Commemorates History-Making Project, Dedicates New Plant in Honor of
Former C
arlsbad Mayor Claude "Bud" Lewis
 
Operations are under way at the nation's largest and most technologically advanced seawater desalination plant, which was dedicated today by more than 600 elected officials, community leaders and project partners. After successfully completing construction, the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant has already produced more than 1.5 billion gallons of locally controlled water for San Diego County, helping to minimize the region's vulnerability to the statewide drought.
 
Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton, Poseidon Water CEO Carlos Riva, Water Authority Board Chair Mark Weston, and Poseidon Water Senior Vice President Peter MacLaggan "turn the wheel" to symbolize the start of water delivery. 


The Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the result of a 30-year Water Purchase Agreement between the plant's developer and owner, Poseidon Water, and the Water Authority for the production of up to 56,000 acre-feet of water per year, enough to meet the needs of approximately 400,000 people. It is a major component of the Water Authority's multi-decade strategy to diversify the region's water supply portfolio.
 
To commemorate the historic occasion, dozens of state and local elected officials, including California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, attended today's event.

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins provided keynote remarks to commemorate the dedication of the plant.

The $1 billion desalination project includes three main components: the desalination plant adjacent to NRG Energy's Encina Power Station on Agua Hedionda Lagoon; a 10-mile pipeline that connects to the Water Authority's regional distribution system; and upgrades to Water Authority facilities for distributing desalinated seawater throughout the region. The plant provides a highly reliable water supply produced with state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy demands, and it will be the first water infrastructure project in the state to have a zero net carbon footprint.

For more information, go to the project website, carlsbaddesal.com, or to the Water Authority's website, sdcwa.org.  

The San Diego County Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe and reliable water supply to support the region's $218 billion economy and quality of life of 3.2 million residents.