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  • Carlsbad Desalination Project Receives Top Honors for Maximizing Cost-Effectiveness through Public-Private Partnership

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    San Diego County Taxpayers Association Honors Poseidon Water and San Diego County Water Authority for Collaborative Effort to Create New Drought-Proof Water Supply
    Carlsbad, CA (June 17, 2016) – The Carlsbad Desalination Project was recognized for “stretching taxpayer dollars through cooperation between the public and private sectors” by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association at the organization’s 21st Annual Golden Watchdog & Fleece Awards last night at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority received the Grand Golden Watchdog for the project and the unique collaboration that made it possible.

  • Carlsbad Desalination Plant Named International Plant of the Year for 2016

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    Global Water Award announced in the United Arab Emirates
    Carlsbad, CA – The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant has been honored with a Global Water Award as the Desalination Plant of the Year for 2016 by Global Water Intelligence, publisher of periodicals for the international water industry. The award, announced this week at the Global Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, goes to “the desalination plant, commissioned during 2015, that represents the most impressive technical or ecologically sustainable achievement in the industry.” Read more.

  • Poseidon’s Peter MacLaggan Named ‘Top 25 Newsmaker

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    Honor Bestowed by Engineering News Record Salutes the Industry’s Most Influential People

    San Diego, CA – Today, Poseidon announced that their Senior Vice President of Project Development for California has been named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) ‘Top 25 Newsmakers.’ Every year, ENR salutes influencers in construction by naming the Top 25 Newsmakers who have been the most influential in their respective roles. MacLaggan was recognized for his tenacity and patience in pushing for the successful construction of the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western hemisphere in Carlsbad, California.“I am deeply honored to be named one of ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers along with the best and the brightest minds in the industry,” said Peter MacLaggan, Poseidon Senior Vice President. “The Carlsbad project took over a decade to come to fruition and was truly a team effort. I want to thank everyone who helped San Diego County residents achieve desalination as a new drought-proof reliable source of water from the Pacific Ocean for future generations to come.” Read more.

  • $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. 

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