California approves desalination project

Doheny Desalination Project
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The South Coast Water District’s Doheny Ocean Desalination ProjectOpens in a new tab. was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission on October 13.

Estimated to cost $140 million, the Desalination Project (pdf link to fact sheet)Opens in a new tab. is expected to produce up to 5 million gallons per day of drinking water for the District’s customers in Orange County.  South Coast Water District provides potable water, recycled water, and wastewater services to approximately 35,000 residents, 1,000 businesses, and 2 million visitors per year in south Orange County.  Its service area includes the communities of Dana Point, South Laguna Beach, and areas of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

The District’s press releaseOpens in a new tab. states that 18 years of planning has gone into the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project.

The ProjectOpens in a new tab. will use slant wells running from Doheny State Beach that will pull water from beneath the ocean floor.  From there, water will be piped to the desalination facility inland of the Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point.  The Project’s posted construction schedule anticipates that the desalination project will be online in 2027.

Image Source: Doheny Ocean Desalination Project web pageOpens in a new tab..





Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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