Carollo to evaluate restarting Santa Barbara desalination

The City of Santa Barbara, California, has selected Carollo Engineers to complete a three-phase evaluation for the reactivation of the city’s Charles Meyer seawater desalination plant.

The plant was deactivated in 1992, though the city has maintained the permits needed to bring it back online when needed. Now that California is well into the third year of a severe drought, the city wants to look at what it will take to reactivate the 10,500 m³/d reverse-osmosis plant to provide for drought mitigation and potential long-term water supplies.