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Carlsbad Desalination Plant Could Break Ground in November

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The company that plans to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad has hired three people to oversee the project's construction. Poseidon Resources hopes to break ground this fall.

The company that plans to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad has hired three people to oversee the project's construction. Poseidon Resources hopes to break ground this fall.

Poseidon Resources says the three new management employees have decades of expertise in water supply, engineering and project construction.

One of the new staffers will oversee Poseidon's other desalination projects in Huntington Beach and in Northern California.

Poseidon Vice President Scott Maloni says the success in getting the regulatory approvals for the Carlsbad plant has paved the way for additional desalination projects in California.

"We're focusing our attention on our Huntington Beach project up in Orange County and we're also looking at some opportunities up in Northern California," Maloni says.

Maloni says the company expects to start construction on the $300 million Carlsbad desalination plant in November.

He says the plant could be operating in 2012.

The public-private partnership with the city of Carlsbad will produce 50 million gallons a day of drinking water from seawater.

That's enough to supply 300,000 homes for a year.

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