Water Flash: Poseidon Carlsbad Vote Passes

Water Flash: Poseidon Carlsbad Vote Passes

Meeting in progress to considering voting for or against a water purchase agreement with Poseidon Resources Inc. for desalinated water from its proposed $1 billion project in Carlsbad, San Diego County. Photo: Debbie Cook

Public comments have wrapped up and at the San Diego County Water Authority special board meeting to consider a 30-year water purchase agreement with Poseidon Resources Inc. to supply up to (but as yet unknown) 56,000 acre feet of water for San Diego County by desalinating up to 100 million gallons of ocean water to turn it into 50 million gallons of drinking water each day from off the coast of the city of Carlsbad.

Supporting the $1 billion project: big business interests, politicians, chamber of commerce, labor etc. Opposed: environmentalists, ocean users and activist rate payers. About evenly divided so far. The board room is full, about 160 people in attendance. Locals speaking: former Huntington Beach mayor Debbie Cook, former Fountain Valley mayor Gus Ayer. You can listen to the arguments pro and con and to the subsequent vote online at http://www.sdcwa.org/meetings-and-documents. More later.

Update: Board discussion is underway now. “Direct the General Manager to refer to nine Carlsbad Desalination Rate Structure¬† Alternatives to the Cost of Service Consultant and return to the Board with a recommended alternative to allocated the cost of the Carlsbad Desalination Project: Staff Recommendation: Approve the submission of nine requested Carlsbad Desalination Rate Structure Alternatives to the Cost of Service Consultant.”

Vote on motion by Director Mudd, 2nd by Boyle: 95.85 % of the vote cast and passes unanimously. Only 2 of the 24 water agencies under the SDCWA umbrella have signed a memorandum of intent to buy water to be produced from the the project.

Under consideration: Adopt resolution approving: 1) Water Purchase Agreement with Poseidon Resources; 2) Design Build Agreement; 3) Agreements necessary to accomplish tax exempt project financing through the California Pollution Control Financing Authority; 4) Adjustments to the Capital Improvement Program Budget; 5) Supporting contracts and contract amendments; 6 Other actions necessary for implementation of the Carlsbad Desalination Project; Staff recommendation: approve.

Discussion ongoing.

Vote taken on Water Purchase Agreement passes with 85 percent of the vote (vote is weighted according to property values in each district).

Document room. Photo: Debbie Cook

 

 

San Diego County Water Authority meeting underway (11/29/12): Photo: Debbie Cook

Artist’s conception of proposed Carlsbad ocean desalination plant.

4 Responses to “Water Flash: Poseidon Carlsbad Vote Passes”

  1. Hi Debbie/Gus. The plant would produce up to 50 million gallons a day, not 100 million gallons a day. Can you change that in your blog post? Thank you.

    • admin says:

      I fixed the wording to be clearer, but it was meant to say that it takes 100 million gallons of sea water to make 50 million of drinking water. Thanks!

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