Water district to canvas opinion on desalination plans

Southern California’s West Basin Municipal Water District plans to start canvasing public comment in autumn on its efforts build an seawater desalination plant in South Bay.

The water district has said it will set up forums for public, environmental and regulatory comments from 31 August lasting six weeks and release a draft environmental impact report in spring 2016. West Basin includes 17 cities from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The district said it will analyse the environmental effects of building and operating a seawater desalination facility with an input capacity of 100-300 Ml/d.

The water district said it was becoming increasingly important for Southern California to add to its imported water supplies. It said seawater desalination was a key part of its planned measures to diversify its water supplies which include water recycling, groundwater desalting and water conservation.