Santa Cruz extends consultant's role in desalination studies
The Santa Cruz City Council voted on 23 February 2011 to approve a US$ 580,000 contract extension for consultants Kennedy/Jenks to continue engineering studies and conducting public outreach for the Californian city's proposed seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant.
The council hired Camp Dresser & McKee in September 2010 to prepare plans and specifications for the plant, following completion of a pilot plant study.
The city would partner Soquel Creek Water District in the 2.5 MGD (9,460 m³/d) project, sharing some of the water created by the facility and some of the cost. Santa Cruz has budgeted US$ 35 million for its share, though costs have not yet been properly determined.