Second California desalination plant close to regulatory approval

Poseidon Water, which just opened a composite-intensive desalination plant in Carlsbad, CA, US, wants to build another in Huntington Beach, CA.

Poseidon Water (Boston, MA, US) reports that all permits have been received for a seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach, in Orange County, CA, US, except for a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission. The project is expected to have all regulatory approval by mid-2016. Poseidon Water is a leading developer of seawater desalination in the United States, with regional offices in Carlsbad and Huntington Beach, CA, US.

The Huntington Beach plant will be similar to the Carlsbad seawater desalination plant activated last year in Carlsbad, San Diego County, CA, US, as reported by CompositesWorld Weekly on Dec. 22, 2015. Protec-Arisawa America (Vista, CA, US) provided all the filament-wound pressure vessels for the Carlsbad plant, which were illustrated as a backdrop in the Dec. 14 opening ceremonies at Carlsbad (see photo, left).

The Huntington Beach ocean desalination facility, to be built and operated by Poseidon Water and the Orange County Water District (OCWD), will be responsible for determining the best way to distribute the water. The proposed facility will have the capacity to produce 50 million gallons of water per day, or 56,000 acre-feet of water per year, which is enough water for more than 400,000 people. Before finalizing a contract, Poseidon and OCWD also need to resolve issues, including a water purchase agreement and a plan to distribute the new water supply throughout the area.

OCWD has 3,000 Protec pressure vessels at its Groundwater Replenishment Project in Fountain Valley, CA, US., probably the largest reverse osmosis membrane system in the United States. This system converts wastewater to drinking water quality.