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Wayne Rayfield, South Coast Water District director, and Rick Shintaku, general manager

We are responding to the letter “Reports Cast Cloud on Desalination” letter regarding desalination. Unfortunately, the author has confused the Doheny Desalination Project with the Huntington Beach Poseidon Project. These are two very different and separate projects.

The following is the cost for the Doheny Desalination Plant:

  • Estimated construction cost: $107 million.
  • Estimated cost of water from project: $1,566 / AF at the start of the project in 2022.
  • The facility could produce up to 5 million gallons per day of potable water.
  • Approximately $5 to $7 per month impact to the average household.

The California Department of Water Resources awarded South Coast Water District (SCWD) a Prop 1 $10 million grant, and the United States Bureau of Reclamation short-listed the district for a grant up to $20 million.

SCWD convened a Water Reliability Working Group made up of residents to look at possible options for ensuring a safe, drought-proof, high quality and locally controlled source of water. The working group concluded that the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project ranks far above all other water reliability options.

A diversified water portfolio is essential to the District’s long-range plans. SCWD is also working in partnership with Santa Margarita on the San Juan Watershed Project. The San Juan Watershed Project is a multi-phase project that will enhance water reliability for our community by capturing local stormwater runoff, as well as directing recycled water into temporary storage and using it to recharge our underground aquifer.

South Coast Water District is committed to conservation, water efficiency, recycled water, desalination, and stormwater capture to provide its residents with the most cost-effective, safe, drought-proof, high quality and locally controlled source of water today, tomorrow and into the future.

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