Sept. 20 Public Meeting on Carlsbad Desalination Agreement Postponed

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Sept. 20 Public Meeting on Desalination Agreement Postponed
New date will be announced when draft agreement is released; October 2 public meeting unchanged

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 has postponed the Sept. 20 evening public meeting in Carlsbad to allow sufficient time between the release of the draft agreement and the first public meeting.

A new date for the Carlsbad public meeting will be announced when the draft water purchase agreement is released.

“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 and open a 60-day public review period.  The board is expected to take action on the agreement later this fall.

An additional public meeting at the Water Authority’s offices at 4677 Overland Avenue in Kearny Mesa remains scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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.