Final negotiations are continuing between the San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Resources on a 30-year agreement to purchase water from the proposed Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project. Because the draft agreement is not yet complete, the Water Authority is moving back the schedule for hosting two evening public meetings dedicated to receiving public comment on the document.
The public meeting originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Water Authority’s offices at 4677 Overland Avenue in Kearny Mesa will now take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2. The public meeting at the Carlsbad Senior Center (799 Pine Avenue) is still scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
“We want to make sure we give our community enough time to read and digest this large and important document before these public meetings, so they can come fully informed and ready to share their thoughts,” Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton said.
Once negotiations are complete, the Water Authority will release the draft water purchase agreement for public review and open a 60-day public review period. The board is expected to take action on the agreement later this fall.
If approved and built, the Carlsbad plant would produce up to 56,000 acre-feet of desalinated seawater per year, enough to serve 112,000 households of four people. More information on the proposed project is available at www.sdcwa.org/issue-desal.