Orange County Coastkeeper Launches New Website Showing the True Cost of Desalination

  • Website lays out the facts on Huntington Beach desalination boondoggle

  • New one-stop shop for resources, FAQs and details of the decision-making process around Poseidon Water’s desalination proposal

ORANGE COUNTY- July 7, 2017 – Today, Orange County Coastkeeper launched a new website, CaliforniaDesalFacts.org, to address key questions and misconceptions about seawater desalination. Coastkeeper has been working for over a decade to block a billion-dollar desalination plant proposed for Huntington Beach. The nonprofit organization created the website in response to the slew of misleading facts spread by Poseidon Water and its parent company Brookfield Infrastructure, which stand to make a fortune from the sale of costly and unnecessary desalinated water if the project—and the 50 year take-or-pay contract Poseidon is demanding—is approved.

“Poseidon’s spin doctors and paid lobbyists have been working overtime to sell this boondoggle, but the facts are crystal clear,” said Garry Brown, executive director of Orange County Coastkeeper. “We don’t need its overpriced water. We have better options, like our state-of-the-art water recycling plant,  that can meet local needs for decades without the sky high price tag, energy demands or climate and coastal impacts of the proposed desalination plant.”

The website outlines six major problems with Poseidon’s proposal, starting with the lack of need and the increase hardworking ratepayers will see on their water bills if it is approved. In brief, they are:

  1. We don’t need the water
  2. It’s a bad deal for consumers
  3. It would undermine California’s climate goals
  4. We have smarter water supply options
  5. It will harm valuable ocean marine life without reducing stress on freshwater systems
  6. Poseidon has a bad track record full of water pollution violations

More details are at CaliforniaDesalFacts.org, along with frequently asked questions, press clips from the state’s top newspapers, and resources from experts like Pacific Institute, Stanford’s Water in the West and the California State Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources.

Coastkeeper encourages all Orange County residents to use the new tool to stay informed and make their voices heard by submitting comments and attending hearings.

The Huntington Beach desalination proposal is currently under review by the State Lands Commission, which released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on May 26. Public comments are being accepted until July 27. In addition to the review by State Lands, the project needs permits from the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission.   

For more information, visit www.CaliforniaDesalFacts.org.

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ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Orange County Coastkeeper is a member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance, which has 236 different independent programs across 29 countries. Founded in 1999, the mission of Coastkeeper is to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. For more information, visit www.coastkeeper.org or call 714-850-1965


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  • commented 2017-07-14 16:59:09 -0700
    thanks to Coastkeeper for keeping us informed and speaking on the issues with Poseidon and the costs that would be incurred due to this project. We need Water BOD’s that are focused on a transparent process to protect our water, not swayed by lobbyists and donations.
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