During its June 18 regular meeting, the South Coast Water District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of an engineering firm to look at the feasibility of constructing a desalination plant. The contract was awarded for the first proposal to GHD, Inc. for $300,000. The entirety of the project with the other projects is slated to be $8 million.
The desalination plant is planned to be located near Doheny Beach. The district has had an eye on that location for a water desalination plant for more than a decade. Ocean Desalination is one of the District’s top priorities.
“In 2008, a Pilot Ocean Desalination Project was initiated at Doheny State Beach and the facility operated successfully for 21 months between 2010 through 2012,” an agenda item from the district read.
The next SCWD meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 9.