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  • 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.

  • IDE Technologies Has Selected Protec Arisawa and Dow Water & Process Solutions

    Carlsbad, CA (October 6, 2014) – Poseidon Water has announced that IDE Technologies has selected Protec Arisawa and Dow Water & Process Solutions to provide the pressure vessels and reverse osmosis membranes for the Carlsbad Desalination Project. Read more.  

  • Crews Reach Halfway Point on Construction of 10-Mile Pipeline

    Carlsbad, CA (May 29, 2014) – The 10-mile pipeline that will connect the Carlsbad Desalination Plant to the San Diego County Water Authority’s distribution system is 50 percent complete, Poseidon Water and the Water Authority announced today. Read more.

  • One Year in Construction

    Carlsbad, CA (January 8, 2014) – City leaders, San Diego County Water Authority board officers,  IDE Technologies, NRG Energy and Poseidon Water executives visited the Carlsbad Desalination Project today to mark the first anniversary of construction on the Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant, which is more than 25 percent complete. Read more.

  • Desalination Plant is on Course for 2016

    Carlsbad - One year after construction began, the $1 billion Carlsbad desalination plant is under budget and on schedule to begin producing 50 million gallons of drinking water per day when it opens in 2016. Read more.

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