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San Diego desalination plant marking first year of construction

January 31, 2014

<photocredit>Copyright 2013 Carlsbad Desalination Project</photocredit>

Construction of the Carlsbad desalination plant in San Diego County has been going on for a year and the facility is more than 25% ready, reports have revealed.

The $1 billion plant is lauded as the largest seawater desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016 and is predicted to provide freshwater to up to 112,000 households in San Diego County.

To mark the first year of construction, city officials and board officers from the San Diego County Water Authority visited the site. Carlos Riva, chief executive officer of project developer Poseidon Water, commented that the project was making good progress, considering the scale of the development.

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During the event, contractor Kiewit Shea Desalination stated that it had achieved a perfect safety rating, with no registered injuries or violations during the construction period.

The Carlsbad desalination plant will produce freshwater through reverse osmosis and will be linked to the San Diego County Water Authority's aqueduct through a pipeline running through Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos. Meanwhile, the water authority is also investing $80 million to upgrade its facilities to ensure it has the infrastructure to deliver desalinated water to its Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant for further distribution in the area.