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  • $1 Billion Desalination Plant, Hailed as as Model for State

    Los Angeles Times

    Carlsbad, CA (December 15, 2015) - With Monday's ceremonial opening of the Western Hemisphere's largest ocean desalination plant, a new era began for water use in San Diego County — and possibly for the entire parched state. Read more. 

  • 'Bud' is No. 1 Wonder of North County

    San Diego Union Tribune 

    Carlsbad, CA (December 15, 2015) -

    Water flowing underground — Talking Heads

    At Monday’s symbolic faucet-turning in Carlsbad, the mood was triumphal. Instead of emptying magnums of bubbly, however, the celebrants filled fancy plastic bottles with drinking water and carried them home as if H20 was actually Au, which in the Golden State it sort of is. Read more. 

  • Reporter Traces History of Desalination Project

    San Diego Union Tribune

    Carlsbad, CA (December 14, 2015) - In addition to covering life sciences for The San Diego Union-Tribune, Bradley J. Fikes has written about drought and other water issues. In today’s Back Story, he talks about his SD In Depth story about the significance of the new Poseidon desalination plant in Carlsbad.Question: There have been lots of stories written over the years about the Poseidon undertaking. Read more. 

  • Nation's Largest Seawater Desalination Plant Enhances Water Supply Reliability For San Diego County

    ​Water World 

    Carlsbad, California (December 14, 2015) - 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. Read more. 

  • 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 Carlsbad Mayor Claude ‘Bud’ Lewis

    Carlsbad, CA (Dec.14, 2015) – 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. Read more.

  • State's Biggest Desal Plant to Open: What It Means

    San Diego Union Tribune

    Carlsbad, CA (December 13, 2015) Poseidon Water’s desalination plant in Carlsbad is poised to begin regular operations within days — decades after water officials first considered harvesting drinking water from the sea and 14 years after they formally took the first steps toward its construction. Read more. 

  • Southern California Desalination Plant will Ease Water Crunch, but Price is Steep

    Sacramento Bee

    Carlsbad, CA (December 12. 2015) - The newest weapon in the war on drought in California has arrived, an engineering marvel that will harvest drinking water from the ocean on a scale never before seen in the Western Hemisphere. A giant water desalination plant will open this week north of San Diego, tucked behind a power plant across the street from Tamarack State Beach. Read more. 

  • Editorial: In Celebration of Water: Carlsbad Desal Plant Opens

    San Diego Union Tribune

    Carlsbad, CA (December 12, 2015) - 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. Read more.

  • Desalination Comes of Age

    Carlsbad, CA (October 19, 2014) - Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. That line is all that remains in my brain from an early exposure to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the endless poem that has been cruelly inflicted upon generations of American school children. Read more.

  • Could Desalination Solve California's Water Problem?

    CARLSBAD, CA (October 18, 2014) - Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past. Read more.

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