NEW PERMIT FOSTERS SUSTAINABLE WATER FUTURE
San Diego regional water quality regulators in May issued a permit for the installation of new, technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive seawater intake and discharge facilities at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. The plant – and the new permit – support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April executive order for California “to think differently and act boldly by developing a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system.”
The new intake-discharge system is needed for long-term operations of the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant, which started commercial production in December 2015 using water withdrawn from the Agua Hedionda Lagoon for once-through cooling at the Encina Power Station.
“The Carlsbad Desalination Plant is an invaluable asset for the state and region that helps us adapt to the changing climate and sustain a $231 billion regional economy. It is the most environmentally sensitive and technologically advanced plant of its kind in the nation – part of our commitment to collaborative projects and integrated water solutions for San Diego and the Southwest.”
Water Authority Board of Directors