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Carlsbad Desalination Plant Could Break Ground in November

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Aired 7/20/09

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 desalination project is located at the Encina Power Station in the City of Carlsbad.
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Above: The desalination project is located at the Encina Power Station in the City of Carlsbad.

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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Avatar for user 'coastalguy'

coastalguy | July 20, 2009 at 9:07 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I've come to expect deeper journalistic investigation from public radio.
Poseidon does NOT have all the final regulatory approvals. In fact, draft regulations on the cooling water intake they plan to use for intake water could scuttle the design altogether. Further, Poseidon has unresolved legal challenges and the intake permit is being considered for review by the State. With all these dark clouds hanging over the project, hiring construction managers seems like just throwing good money after bad -- not the important news about this project's potential future.
KPBS really should look into the claims of a press release before reporting it as news.

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Avatar for user 'ricdavidge'

ricdavidge | July 28, 2009 at 1:59 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

The absolute tradgidy of what will unfortunately be built in Carlsbad and in other coastal communities to provide water is that they are embracing old technologies that are no longer necessary to generate fresh water from the sea.
We have attempted to get the community to just look at and investigate a radically new desalination technology that:
1. Eliminates the need for reverse osmosis. These RO membranes are no longer necessary.
2. Reduces the engery demand by 65+% per produces freshwater
3. Reduces the project foot print by greater than 60%
4. Processes sea water at a dramatically higher efficiency then any RO system in the world. Creating far more freshwater per cubic meter of salt water in taken.
5. Radically changes to waste disposal in amount and approach.

But, no. The City of Carlsbad is not even interested in listening.
We are not talking about an un proven "on paper" concept. It is a system that has been working and is now in manufacture for global application.

The people of California need to talk with us soon, or you will build a system that will cost at least $300 Million per site, generate enormous waste, and take up far too much coastal area.

With the global distribution of this new desalination technology, Carlsbad will eventually have to change over this old RO plant to the new technology. So how much time and money are they really going to waste, when they could be at the forefront of new desalination technologies.

Ric Davidge, Chairman
AQUEOUS International
907 229 5328

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