A long-term community project that brings jobs, local investment and economic stimulus.
The Huntington Beach Desalination Water Treatment Facility will be a long-term partner with the community and is committed to working with residents, local and state regulatory agencies, elected officials, businesses and other stakeholders and organizations to enhance and protect Orange County’s quality of life. A 2020 study on the regional economic impacts of the proposed Facility found that the Facility will provide significant economic stimulus to the region and create high-paying local jobs. Download the Economic Impacts Report.
- The Huntington Beach Desalination Facility will bring billions of dollars in new revenue to Orange County.
- The facility will provide the city of Huntington Beach with an estimated $290 million in financial benefits (new revenue, avoided construction costs and avoided operations & maintenance costs) over the life of the facility.
- The City will receive $3.9 million in development fees prior to commercial operation of the desalination plant. These cost savings will help the city fund other priorities like transportation, public safety and recreational services.
- Poseidon will pay almost $2.5 million in property taxes during the construction phase of the project to the city's general fund and an additional $11.3 million to the local school districts.
- Poseidon will pay the City over $200,000 per year for a water pipeline franchise.
- $2 million beautification and visual improvements to Newland Street at Pacific Coast Highway, including site cleanup, the removal of several old oil storage tanks and improved city-approved landscaping – at no cost to taxpayers.
- Poseidon will pay to the City $50,000 per year utility tax.
- The City of Huntington Beach will receive 3 million gallons of water per day (MGD) at 5% less than it would otherwise pay for imported water. During a water supply emergency the City of Huntington Beach would receive an additional 4 MGD for that same reduced price.
- If the facility ever ceases to operate, a bond will be available to restore the site to its original condition if desired by the land owner and the city.
- Poseidon Water will spend about $1.4 billion to build the facility, creating 3,000 jobs during construction.
- Once the facility is in operation, it will support a total of 282 jobs.
- There will be no financial risk to the city, county or taxpayers; instead, all construction, development and operation costs will be borne by Poseidon. All benefits will be provided for the city and the county – at no risk to the city or the county.
The Huntington Beach Desalination Facility will provide the city of Huntington Beach an estimated $106 million in financial benefits.
"This facility would bring more than $2 million per year in tax revenue to Huntington Beach – money that could support schools, police and fire protection, health, welfare, and transportation.” ~ Orange County Taxpayers Association