The Carlsbad Desalination Plant is “successfully producing 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water each day. Right now the water is going back out to the ocean,” said Jessica Jones of Poseidon Water, the company that designed and built the plant.
Poseidon hopes to receive an operating permit from the California Department of Drinking Water, successfully complete a 30 day performance test, and begin providing in December or January enough drought-proof water for about 400,000 people.
The $1 billion plant is funded through an increase in the San Diego County Water Authority’s wholesale water rate, the rate it charges each of its 24 member agencies, including Helix Water District. In 2016, the increase is about $5.00 per household per month.
“This is a critical piece of infrastructure for ensuring a reliable future water supply for the region. A drought-proof water supply just makes sense,” said Carlos Lugo, General Manager of Helix Water District.