California Water Dept backs brackish desal with $34.4 million in grants

California Department of Water Resources, US, has approved $34.4 million in grants to eight desalination projects including six for brackish water, reports The Mercury News.

Three projects received $10 million each towards construction: Antioch Brackish Water Desalination Project, East Bay, whose estimated total cost is $62.2 million; Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant, Orange County, which envisages slant wells under the ocean floor at Dana Point, and it is estimated will cost $110 million; and North Pleasant Valley Desalter Project, Camarillo, Ventura County, an estimated $32 million brackish water project.

The other five projects, all in Southern California, received grants of between $650,000 and $1.5 million for pilot studies.

The monies were awarded under Proposition 1, a water bond that was passed by state voters in November 2014. A pot of $58 million in Proposition 1 funds are still to be awarded.