CalAm awaits result of US$ 1 million fund bid

California American Water (CalAm) is awaiting the results of its application for US$ 1 million in funding for subsurface intake testing for its proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project under the Department of Water Resources Proposition 50 desalination grants programme.

CalAm will go before the City of Marina on 26 August to seek approval for its proposed test well for a 48 Ml/d seawater revers osmosis plant. Plans call for the well head to be buried in a vault three metres below ground with the well extending 244m at a 20° angle aimed beneath the ocean floor.

Data collection should begin in early 2015 and the plant is scheduled for full startup in June 2018. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Public Utility Commission’s December hearings on the project could be delayed by up to three months.