Water Quality, California, Energy, Training, Environment
State budget cuts delay Carlsbad desalination approval
Cuts to the California state budget prevented officials of the San Diego County Regional Water Quality Control Board preparing recommendations regarding the proposed Carlsbad desalination plant for the board to vote on at a meeting on 11 February 2009.
Research gives green light to proposed desalination plant
Studies by a company proposing to construct a "unique" combination of desalination plant and data centre have shown it will cause only limited negative impact to the environment according to the researchers.
Santa Cruz desalination EIR comment deadline in July
The draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the 2.5 MGD (9,500 m³/d) seawater desalination plant for the greater Santa Cruz area in California, USA, which was released on 13 May 2013, will be available for public comment until 15 July 2013.
West Basin demonstrating desalination intake and outfall technologies
One of the first seawater desalination demonstration facilities to employ ocean-protection technology at the source of intake and discharge has begun construction in Southern California, USA.
CCC to rule on Cambria desalination plant studies
California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff have advised the commission at its meeting this week to agree to a US Army Corps of Engineers proposal to test a beach in the Cambria region, near San Luis Obispo, for use as beach wells for a desalination plant.
West Basin desalination demo could begin next year
Construction could begin in 2010 on the Ocean-Water Desalination Demonstration Project at Redondo Beach near Los Angeles, California, the West Basin Municipal Water District announced on 30 July 2009.
Carlsbad desalination plant set to start construction soon
The Carlsbad desalination plant jumped two of its final hurdles towards starting construction this week when it was backed by the courts and the local water quality board (WQB).
Financing and legal hurdles still ahead for Carlsbad desalination
The labyrinthine complexities of the desalination permitting process in California were further illustrated this week with the latest twists in the Carlsbad seawater desalination plant saga.
Commission vote halts Huntington Beach application
Poseidon Water withdrew its application for a coastal development permit (CDP) for its proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant after the California Coastal Commission voted on 13 November 2013 to postpone a vote on the application.
California district probes impact of possible giant desalination plant
California's West Basin Municipal Water District board of directors has voted to begin an environmental impact report as part of its research towards the construction of a seawater desalination facility in the South Bay.
Groups appeal Huntington Beach desalination permit
Four environmental groups in California have appealed a decision by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (WQCB) to grant a permit for the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant proposed by Poseidon Resources.
Modesto water quality project gets Siemens MBR equipment
Equipment for a 12.6 MGD (47,700 m³/d) membrane bioreactor (MBR) system is to be supplied to City of Modesto, California, USA, by Siemens Water Technologies for the Jennings Road Water Quality Control Facility.
Another legal blow for Monterey desalination alternative
California American Water's (Cal Am's) progress in developing an alternative desalination project for California's Monterey Peninsula received yet another setback on 2 February 2012, when a judge issued an amended ruling on the environmental impact report (EIR) originally published for the abandoned Regional Desalination Project.
First IDA Young Leaders tour completed
The International Desalination Association (IDA) Young Leaders Program (YLP) recently concluded its first global Educational Tour, reaching out to more than 2,000 potential future desalters in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the USA.
MoU signed to advance Camp Pendleton desalination plant
A planning agreement providing a framework for progress on a major regional seawater desalination plant at Camp Pendleton in Southern California was signed in April.
Court dismisses Carlsbad desalination permit challenge
Poseidon Resources jumped what it hopes will be the final legal hurdle for the Carlsbad Desalination Project on 24 June 2011, when the California Superior Court upheld the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board's most recent approval of the project.
Finance agreed for Camarillo regional desalter studies
Two water districts and two - possibly three - cities in southern California have agree to finance studies for a regional brackish-water desalination plant to be located near Camarillo.
Details of AMTA/SWMOA joint workshop published
A brochure is now available on the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) website for the joint AMTA/Southwest Membrane Operator Assocation technology transfer workshop in Sacramento, California, on 27-29 September 2011.
Visalia wastewater upgrade will be largest MBR in California
The City of Visalia, USA, is upgrading its wastewater treatment plant with membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and will be the largest MBR plant in California when it enters service in 2013.
MF/RO plant may be Santa Clarita salt solution
A microfiltration/reverse-osmosis (MF/RO) advanced wastewater treatment plant is one of several options being considered by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District (SCVSD) in California, USA, to deal with excessive chloride levels in the wastewater it discharges to the Santa Clara River from its two treatment plants.
Details released for September SWMOA courses
Details have been released by the Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) for its two California membrane-plant operator training courses in September 2012.
Carlsbad desalination greenhouse-gas plan reaffirmed by CARB
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has reiterated its support for the energy minimization and greenhouse-gas reduction plan proposed by Poseidon Resources for the Carlsbad desalination project.
Cambria desalination will bring environmental benefit
The US Army Corps of Engineers announced on 28 April 2009 that it will receive US$ 2.5 million in funding through the new American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to develop the Cambria desalination project north-west of San Luis Obispo in California.
Preconstruction for Carlsbad desalination can go ahead
Site demolition and preparation for the Carlsbad Desalination Project can now take place following the issue to Poseidon Resources on 3 November 2009 of its Coastal Development Permit (CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (CCC).
AMTA receives US$ 150,000 from ADC dissolution
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) revealed on 28 February 2012 how it was going to use the US$ 151,000 donated to it by the Affordable Desalination Consortium (ADC) on its dissolution.
West Basin district dedicates desalination demo facility
California's West Basin Municipal Water District is nearing completion of its new desalination demonstration facility, following formal dedication of the plant on 12 November 2010.
Combined cooling and desalination "limits environment impact"
Studies by a company proposing to construct a groundbreaking combination of desalination plant and data centre have shown the facility will cause only limited negative impact to the environment according to the researchers.
Santa Cruz desalination EIR delayed until fall
The environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed 2.5 MGD (9,500 m³/d) desalination plant (scwd²) for Santa Cruz, California, will not now be published until fall 2012.
Agreement at last on desalination supply for Monterey
Tentative agreement has finally been reached by the three agencies involved in developing a regional water supply project for California's Monterey peninsula, which will include a 10 MGD (37,850 m³/d) desalination facility.
Marin MWD wins but desalination EIR challenge looms
Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) won a ruling in March 2011 by a Marin superior court judge which keeps its option of a seawater desalination plant on track.
Carlsbad desalination appeals dismissed
Appeals against the May court rulings in favour of the Carlsbad seawater desalination project were dismissed by the San Diego Superior Court on 4 August 2009.
Judge rules against US water district bid to halt test slant well
A Santa Cruz county judge has ruled against the Marina Coast Water District's bid to halt California American Water (Cal-Am) in its continuing construction of a test desalination slant well in Marina.
Redondo Beach go-ahead for desalination demonstration plant
The California Coastal Commission approved on 9 April 2009 a seawater desalination project to be undertaken by the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) at Redondo Beach.
Parsons selected for California water-reuse expansion
California's West Basin Water District has awarded its largest ever water-reuse contract to Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation on a design-build basis.
WRA webcast to look at potable reuse future
The WateReuse Association is to hold a webcast on The Future of Potable Reuse on 26 June 2012.
Huntington Beach desalination standoff over intake system
Environmental group Orange County Coastkeeper (OC Coastkeeper) accused Poseidon Resources on 26 March 2012 of withholding information from the California Coastal Commission (CCC) about the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant.
California to promote reuse and streamline permitting
In the future, most new water in California will come from a combination of improved conservation and water use efficiency, conjunctive use (coordinated management of local surface and groundwater), recycled water, drinking water treatment, groundwater remediation, and desalination.
Santa Cruz project pause leaves Soquel district quandry
The decision of Santa Cruz City Council on 8 October 2013 to halt all practical progress on its proposed seawater desalination plant has left its partner in the project, Soquel Creek Water District (SCWD) looking for alternatives.
Santa Cruz desalination EIR scheduled for April
Santa Cruz City Council in California, USA, approved a fifth contract on 24 January 2012 with consultant Kennedy/Jenks for work on its proposed seawater desalination plant.
More twists in Monterey desalination saga
In yet another twist to the troubled Monterey desalination project in California, a judge on 19 December 2011 ordered a new environmental impact review (EIR) for the plan.
Cambria desalination study fails consistency test
The California Coastal Commission has called into question the future of the Cambria desalination project near San Luis Opispo by ruling that a US Army Corps of Engineers project to test soil and water near the proposed intake/outfall site is inconsistent with its habitat and coastline rules.
Accused in Monterey desalination case pleads not guilty
The ex water-agency member at the centre of the hiatus in the Monterey desalination project in California pleaded not guilty last week when he appeared to answer charges that he accepted payment for work associated with the project and also for work he never did at all.
Charges reveal why Monterey desalination project halted
The full extent of the allegations of conflict of interest involving Stephen P Collins, the former director of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) in his dealings with the Regional Desalination Project has now been revealed.
New CEO appointed by Poseidon Resources
Carlos A Riva, who has led a number of leading infrastructure companies, has joined Poseidon Resources as chief executive officer.
Santa Cruz desalination EIS goes on despite alternative study
City of Santa Cruz Council in California, USA, approved another US$ 300,000 payment on 2 August 2011 for consultant URS Corp Americas to continue its work on the environmental impact assessment for a 2.5 MGD (9,500 m³/d) desalination plant for the city.
Dudek appoints Carlsbad expert as environmental manager
The lead environmental planner for the Carlsbad desalination plant, Joe Monaco, is to manage the environmental division of California consulting firm Dudek, headquartered in Encinitas.
More federal money sought for Chino Desalters
Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) in California, USA, is to seek additional federal money later this financial year for the Chino Desalters Phase 3 expansion.
Santa Cruz officials back off desalination project
City officials have pushed back implementation of the proposed Santa Cruz seawater desalination project in California, as a result of public comment on the draft environmental impact report (EIR).
Appeal court upholds Marin desalination EIR
A California state appeals court on 22 May 2013 backed the Marin Municipal Water District's desalination proposal by overturning an August 2011 ruling that its environmental impact report (EIR) failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Carlsbad desalination mitigation plan for wildlife approved
The California Coastal Commission has unanimously approved Poseidon Resources' proposal to restore coastal wetlands in south San Diego County's Otay River floodplain as part of the Carlsbad desalination project.
Carlsbad desalination plant survives another appeal
California's Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, on 10 December 2010 upheld the Superior Court's ruling that the State Lands Commission had complied with environmental laws when it approved the Carlsbad Desalination Project.
IDA World Congress in California
A pivotal event in the global desalination and water reuse sector will be held at the US industry's epicentre amid an historic drought when the 2015 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse convenes in San Diego, California at the end of August 2015. The "location, theme and timing could not be more appropriate," said IDA secretary general, Patricia A Burke.
Appeals launched against Huntington Beach desalination plant
A public hearing by the California Coastal Commission is the likely result of appeals launched against the Huntington Beach Desalination plant, approved by the State Lands Commission on 29 October 2010.
Poseidon asked for new mitigation plans for Carlsbad
The California Coastal Commission has asked Poseidon Resources, developer of the Carlsbad desalination project, to submit alternative sites for restoration as part of its mitigation requirement.
Huntington Beach revised desalination EIS approved
Council members of the City of Huntington Beach in California, USA, on 7 September 2010 approved a revised environmental impact study for the 50 MGD (189,000 m³/d) seawater desalination plant proposed by Poseidon Resources.
Environmentalists challenge Cambria desalination test wells
Environmental group LandWatch San Luis Obispo County is challenging in the courts the decision of the California Coastal Commission to allow the US Army Corps of Engineers and other local agencies to construct test beach wells for the proposed Cambria desalination project.
Marin voters could decide desalination future
Marin Municipal Water District in California will have to seek the permission of consumers to proceed any further with its investigations into the possibility of desalination, if a ballot later this year is successful.
Huntington Beach councillors oppose desalination plan
The City of Huntington Beach in California voted on 6 May 2013 to allow council members to individually send letters to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) opposing the coastal development permit (CDP) for a seawater desalination plant which the previous council had approved in 2010.
More moves on Monterey desalination proposals
The final report on the choice of seawater desalination plants proposed for the Monterey Peninsula in California was presented to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority on 18 December 2012 by its consultant, Separation Processes Inc.
Monterey consultant can't choose between projects
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Board (MPRWA) in California still has to decide between three competing seawater desalination projects for the area after its Technical Advisory Committee accepted on 17 September 2012 a report by consultants Separation Processes Inc of Carlsbad.
Carlsbad desalination challenge dismissed by state board
The California State Water Resources Control Board on 23 March 2010 dismissed a permit appeal filed by Surfrider Foundation and San Diego Coastkeeper challenging the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board's unanimous approval of the marine life mitigation plan for the Carlsbad Desalination Project.
Public meeting set for San Joaquin water reuse EIS
The US Bureau of Reclamation has set a public scoping meeting for 13 May 2014 as part of the environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP) in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Coastal Commission reaffirms Carlsbad desalination permit
By a 9:3 majority, the California Coastal Commissioners on 10 December 2009 voted to dismiss the request to revoke the Carlsbad Desalination Project's Coastal Development Permit (CDP).
Poseidon disputes FWW Carlsbad finance figures
Poseidon Resources described as "erroneous information" figures in a press release issued on 30 October 2009 by consumer group Food & Water Watch (FWW) related to finance for the Carlsbad desalination project.
November ballot for Santa Cruz desalination
Barely two weeks after the City of Santa Cruz in California had accepted the preliminary design report by CDM Smith for its proposed 2.5 MGD (9,500 m³/d) seawater desalination plant, the city clerk's office confirmed on 3 July 2012 that proponents of a charter amendment for a vote on the desalination project had collected enough signatures to place it on the November 2012 ballot.
Hydranautics commits to Climate Registry
Hydranautics/Nitto Denko of California, USA, has become the first US-based desalination membrane manufacturer to join the Climate Registry and commit itself to reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Containerized plant resolves district's drought difficulties
Membrane filtration company, H2O Innovation, has delivered a 3,200 m³/d containerized water treatment system to the Cambria Community Service District, California to "resolve promptly" the community's difficulties amid its tenth year of drought. The system treats a mix of brackish water, freshwater and secondary effluent to be injected into a groundwater basin.
"Significant" impacts from Monterey desalination says draft report
Whichever of the three desalination-based proposals for future water supply on the Monterey peninsula in California is eventually implemented, there would be "significant and unavoidable" environmental impacts.
Marin board approves EIR for desalination plant
The board of the Marin Metropolitan Water District in California, USA, voted to accept the environmental impact report on a possible desalination plant (see D&WR technical article August/September 2008).
Marin board to consider desalination EIR on 4 February
The Marin Metropolitan Water District in California, USA, has published the final environmental impact report (EIR) for its proposed desalination plant on San Francisco Bay (see D&WR technical article August/September 2008).
Santa Barbara ponders US$ 2 million subsurface intake test
Californian city, Santa Barbara, may put up to US$ 2 million into a study of a desalination facility seawater intake structure after environmental groups said the existing plant's open water intake pipe could be harmful to marine life.
California gives Monterey environmental thumbs up
The California Public Utilities Commission's recently published draft environmental impact report on the Monterey Peninsula Water Project and has rated the desalination project as the environmentally preferred of a number of options scrutinised as possible solutions to the region's drought problems.
SWMOA chooses San Diego for 2013 symposium
San Diego, California, has been chosen by the Southwest Membrane Operators Association SWMOA) for its Annual Symposium in 2013.
California town uses fast-track laws to push through desalination plant
California coastal tourist town Cambria has used the state's fast-track approval scheme for measures to address its drought emergency to build a desalination plant scheduled to go on stream later this month after only six months in preparation.
Santa Cruz pilot desalination results in 3-4 months
The Water Department of the City of Santa Cruz (SCWD), California, USA, confirmed on 23 March 2009 that its year-long seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) pilot plant test will be ended in mid-April with a report due in June or July 2009.
California district ups desalination and reuse incentive by 36%
Southern California's Metropolitan Water District has increased by 36% the financial
incentive for water agencies to develop and produce recycled water, recovered
groundwater, and desalinated seawater supplies.
Governor signs bill to accelerate California direct reuse
The governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed legislation on 8 October 2013 designed to accelerate direct potable reuse throughout the US state.
Southern California salinity workshop report posted online
The Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) has released the final report of the Salinity Management Study Update Workshop, held on 1 June 2012. is now available to download.
GRA web seminar to look at California salt plans
CalDesal, the California desalination non-profit organisation, is joining a web seminar on Workflow for Salt and Nutrient Plans on 15 May 2013 presented by the Groundwater Resources Association with the Association of California Water Agencies.
Massive health grant aids Chino desalters expansion
California's Western Municipal Water District announced on 28 June 2012 that it had received a "monumental" US$ 51 million grant from the state's Department of Health towards the US$ 130 million expansion of the Chino desalination plants.
Escondido hires consultants for potable water reuse
The City of Escondido in southern California approved on 27 June 2012 spending of US$ 1.14 million to hire a team led by Black & Veatch and including Brown & Caldwell for services towards its Indirect Potable Reuse Program.
ACWA supports California desalination regulation rethink
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has proposed to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that the board's new environmental document for desalination and brine disposal should propose a method to combine the current regulatory requirements, permits and approvals.
AMTA/SWMOA joint workshop program available
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has published the program for its joint technology transfer workshop with the Southwest Membrane Operator Association, which is being held on 15‑17 July 2014 in Newport Beach, California.
Q&A: AMTA president Brent Alspach on why the need for membranes has never been more acute
In the week of the AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference 2018, in Florida, US, Brent Alspach, president of AMTA and director of applied research at Arcadis, outlines the water challenges and how current and in-development membrane-based treatments are addressing them.
Brochure available for SWMOA's Sonoma symposium
A brochure for the Annual Symposium of the Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) with a complete program and registration details is now available from the association.
Huntington Beach desalination project get NPDES permit
The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (SARWQCB) in California, USA, on 10 February 2012 unanimously approved an amended National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project.
Best of World Water Day 2017
Water. desalination + reuse rounds up the social projects, scientific discoveries, prize launches, and other initiatives from the desal and reuse community on World Water Day, 22 March 2017.
Another appeal against Carlsbad desalination project
An appeal against a court ruling allowing the Carlsbad desalination plant to use the open-ocean cooling-water intakes of the adjacent power station for its water intake was launched on 18 August 2011 by the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization.
Outfall and intake problems hit OC desalination
The pilot plant for the South Orange Coastal Ocean Desalination Project in California has been forced to close down due to relocation of its outfall pipe due to heavy storms . The project has also run into problems with its intake water.
The Long Read: Do we have the technology for potable water reuse?
Water reuse for drinking purposes is racing up the agenda in the US and elsewhere. Work to draw up new rules for potable reuse is advancing in states including California and Arizona, as well as in Canada and the European Union. Technologies are being piloted, and plants permitted.
SWMOA Stockton workshop program published
More details have been released by the Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) about its October 2013 technology transfer workshop hosted by City of Stockton, California.
Direct potable reuse to be debated at WRA symposium
The WateReuse Association has announced the program for its annual symposium, including a closing panel discussion entitled Direct Potable Reuse: Not a Pipe Dream Anymore?
'Challenges are shared across the border', Mitch Thompson, Otay
Water from NSC Agua's desalination plant in Rosarito, Baja California, is a critical component of Otay's diversification efforts.
Orange County loses widely respected lab director
Orange County Water District (OCWD) in California announced on 21 March 2011 that Steve Fitzsimmons, director of its Advance Water Quality Assurance Laboratory, who had been a key figure in water quality testing for Water Factory 21 and gaining credibility for the Groundwater Replenishment System, died on 3 March 2011.
SWMOA announces dates for 2013-14
The Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) has announced additional workshop dates for desalination and water / wastewater treatment membrane operators for 2013 and the date and venue for its 2014 annual symposium.
'Challenges are shared across the border', Mitch Thompson, Otay
Water from NSC Agua's desalination plant in Rosarito, Baja California, is a critical component of Otay's diversification efforts.
Consolidated Water lines up Mexican mega-project
The Playas de Rosarito seawater RO desalination mega-plant project has been six years in the making. It began as a twinkle in Consolidated Water's eye even before Mexico had introduced its new public-private partnerships law, but the act's introduction in 2012 gave the project a clear structure for moving ahead.
Boart Longyear wins slant well deal
California American Water (CalAm) has selected drilling firm, Boart Longyear, to construct seven to nine source water slant wells that would draw ocean water for a desalination facility proposed as part of CalAm's US$ 320 million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.
Monterey slant well test back in action
California American Water has resumed operation of its test slant well following a halt in the well's operation pending a coastal commission ruling.
Santa Clara votes for advanced wastewater reuse plant
The directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District in California, USA, approved two agreements with the City of San Jose on 23 February 2010 to build a new advanced water treatment facility involving microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection.