Carlsbad connects with San Diego network

Construction of a 15 km pipeline connecting California’s near-complete giant Carlsbad desalination plant to the San Diego County Water Authority’s distribution system is complete.

Pending regulatory approval, the US$ 1 billion, 250 Ml/d Carlsbad facility is expected to start operation in the autumn.

“The entire construction project is entering its final phase,” said vice president of Carlsbad’s builder, Peter MacLaggan.

Poseidon estimated the plant will deliver 7-10% of the region’s water demand.

Chairman of the water authority, Mark Weston, said: “We are particularly eager to start receiving the benefits of this project given the severe drought conditions faced statewide.”