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.
“As imported water costs continue to rise, residents will increasingly look toward new locally-controlled water supplies that offer enhanced reliability,” said Poseidon Vice President Scott Maloni. “The proposed seawater desalination facility in Huntington Beach will provide enough high-quality, reliable water for 300,000 Orange County residents, which is about eight percent of Orange County’s overall water needs.”
Other findings from the survey include:
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."