Debate tabled on the future of Inima's Taunton River desalination plant, MA

Brockton City Council, Massachusetts, US, has cut funds for water purchases from Inima's Taunton River desalination plant, ahead of a big debate on the plant's future, reports local paper The Enterprise.

Taunton River desalination plant takes feedwater from upstream of Braga Bridge, in Massachusetts, US

Taunton River desalination plant takes feedwater from upstream of Braga Bridge, in Massachusetts, US

The 19,000 m3/d desalination plant was delivered by Inima through limited liability company Aquaria Water, and was commissioned in 2008 with a 20-year contract for operations and supply.

In August 2014, Brockton mayor Bill Carpenter negotiated a potential deal with Aquaria to buy the plant for $88 million, arguing that it was the best deal for the city economically, since no water purchases were occurring and the contract was costing the city $4 million to $6 million a year.

A debate on the future of the plant is due to take place in summer 2017, with a revised sale price of $75 million on the table. Brockton Water Commission is in favour of buying the facility, but Brockton City Council is opposing the price.

The council approved a budget for the year starting 1 July 2017 that does not include money to buy water from the plant; meanwhile the fixed charge for plant operations is $6.6 million for the year ahead.


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