A more than 20-year effort to build one of the nation’s largest desalination plants faces yet more delays, the Los Angeles Times reports. The $1 billion Poseidon Water project faces multiple questions from regulators, including who the final customers will be for the 50 million gallons a day of drinking water it plans to produce.
Also of concern is whether a 17-year-old study meant to gauge the plant’s impact on marine life is outdated and whether it can adequately comply with new state environmental regulations on wetlands.
The company is seeking a 50-year contract to supply water to an as-yet unidentified public agency. Early estimates indicate the desalted water would be twice as costly as treated imported supplies from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.