The water treatment facility will be the most technologically advanced and energy efficient desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere. Through its voluntary Energy Minimization Plan, this desalination facility will be net carbon neutral. Once operational, the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility will have a carbon footprint no greater than the carbon footprint that exists today by importing the same amount of water from Northern California. “The Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility not only offers Orange County residents a new, reliable high-quality water source, but our water purification process will be carbon-neutral,” said Poseidon Vice President Scott Maloni.
The Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project will provide Orange County with 8% of its water supply.
The proposed seawater desalination facility will use proven technology to provide a new and reliable source of drinking water, at a competitive rate without significant impact to the environment.
More than two out of three HB voters want desalination plant built.
The proposed Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility is supported by 71% of registered voters in the City of Huntington Beach according to a scientific survey conducted this summer – a six point jump since the question was last put to voters in 2004.
While support is on the rise, opposition to the project continues to drop. In 2004 slightly more than one out of four (27%) Huntington Beach voters opposed the project. Today that opposition has plummeted almost in half with just 14% opposing this proposed new drought-proof water supply.
Environmentally Safe Desalination Project Earns Honors
Huntington Beach (seawater desalination facility)
Founded: 1995 in Stamford, Conn.
President and CEO: James Donnell
Chief Green Officer: Jon Loveland, Chief Technology Officer
Huntington Beach stretches along about 8 miles of the Pacific. It makes for a perfect place to build a desalination plant, which is exactly what Poseidon Resources plans to do, using infrastructure that already exists next to the AES Generating Station at Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. If built to specs (construction is anticipated to begin next year), the company says it will be the most technologically advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sound seawater desalination plan in the Western Hemisphere – and it will provide 50 million gallons of drinking water on a daily basis. That’s enough to accommodate 8 percent of O.C.’s needs, without tapping into ground- water or other limited resources, or harming marine life. (Studies indicate that desalination has the same impact as natural evaporation.) The project includes an Energy Minimization and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, a commitment that would result in a carbon-neutral footprint for the facility. The company plans to build the $350 million plant at no cost to taxpayers, using a formula of private enterprise and investment tools. Poseidon has financed and developed more than $2.8 billion worth of water projects throughout North America. Read the full article online at ocmetro.com.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."