State water board takes recent action in wake of tremendous state support of water supply improvement and expansion
Huntington Beach, CALIF. – Over the past two days, California Governor Jerry Brown and leaders from both parties in the State Legislature have made clear statements that they support improvement of our state’s water supply and action to increase development of those new sources. Today’s release of the State Water Resources Control Board’s draft Final Desalination Amendment is another step towards critical review of the permitting process in order to provide clarity and inject timeliness into how the state authorizes water supply projects, particularly desalinated water. Making changes to the permitting process will provide crucial support to drought-afflicted California cities.
Scott Maloni, Vice President of Poseidon Water, issued the following statement in response to the recent activity:
“California is counting on seawater desalination providing a drought-proof supply for the millions of Californians that live in Coastal cities. As the State Water Board has acknowledged, desalinated water provides reliability and self-reliance at the regional and local level. As the board considers adoption of these new draft regulations, it’s important to remember that the objective of the policy is to ensure a permitting process that is thorough but expeditious. Improving the permitting process will lead to an improved water supply statewide and a way forward from our historic drought conditions. We look forward to reviewing and commenting on their final draft report.”
Poseidon Water specializes in developing and financing water infrastructure projects, primarily seawater desalination and water treatment plants. These projects are implemented through innovative public-private partnerships in which private enterprise assumes the developmental and financial risks. For more information on Poseidon Water and the Huntington Beach desalination facility, visit http://HBfreshwater.com.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."