California Coastal Commission OKs desalination plant in Orange County
A new plant for the production of drinking water from seawater is going to open next summer near Huntington Beach.
The $10.6 million facility will convert sea water to drinking water and other useful products like power.
The facility was approved in January after the California Coastal Commission in June granted the permits needed to build the plant.
The plant was built by San Diego-based Southern California Water and will be operated by the Costa Mesa-based Southern California Aquaculture Research Inc. The two companies plan to share the profits from the plant by creating a business model with a partnership that is modeled after that of energy companies like Xcel Energy.
The plant will draw about three million gallons of fresh water a day from the Pacific Ocean. If all goes as planned the plant will produce about 2.8 M gallons of drinking water, enough to serve about 1.3 million people a year.
The plant’s water will use a technique called reverse osmosis to filter out salt and other impurities.