Voice of Orange County
Op-Ed by Kelley Gage
A recent news release posted on the Voice of OC website was clouded by mischaracterizations of the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which provides an important source of drinking water for San Diego County and reduces our region’s reliance on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.
The plant is the result of a historic public-private partnership between the San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Water to ensure supply reliability for more than 3 million residents across the region. It helped to ensure that the Water Authority had sufficient water to meet demand during the last drought, and we are confident it will help us weather the next drought … and the one after that.
Carlsbad, CA -- An independent water quality study was conducted between 2014 and 2016 to compare data before and after the integration of desalinated water produced at the Carlsbad. The results were overwhelmingly positive.
The integration of desalinated water improved overall water quality by decreasing total dissolved solids and chlorides and the desalinated water exhibited much lower water hardness and alkalinity. This improved water quality and purity may help extend the life of household appliances like water heaters – saving consumers money and increasing household efficiency.
Poseidon Water has proposed a plan to save the Bolsa Chica wetlands, which is the ecological jewel of north Orange County. The Bolsa Chica wetlands is a 1,500-acre coastal estuary located in Huntington Beach, owned by the State Lands Commission and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It’s the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary near the US/Mexico border.
On May 8th, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the long-term operation of Poseidon Water’s Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Plant. The Carlsbad facility, the largest, most technologically advanced and energy efficient seawater desalination plant in the Americas, is the first facility to be approved under the State Water Resources Control Board’s seawater desalination regulations.
According to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s press release, “Desalinated water, as regulated by the permit for Poseidon, is an important component of our overall water supply portfolio,” said San Diego Water Board chair Henry Abarbanel.
Poseidon Water Vice President Scott Maloni Responds to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.-- Poseidon Water Vice President Scott Maloni today issued a statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order.
“This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom delivered an executive order to develop a strategy for a climate-resilient water system. We couldn’t agree more and the implementation of seawater desalination in California is a great first step,” said Scott Maloni, vice president, Poseidon Water. “Many of California’s existing challenges, including severely depleted groundwater aquifers and uncertain water supplies, stem from the need for a new, reliable and sustainable water resource. Seawater desalination is a proven technology that is the only
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."