South Coast Water District Desalination Project Receives $11.7 Million in Funding

By on January 9, 2021

South Coast Water District is one step closer towards construction of the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project. Nearly $12 million has been appropriated for the project by Congress in the 2021 federal spending bill signed into law last month.

“The District is grateful to our champions in Congress and would like to thank Congressman Mike Levin for his support in garnering this funding for the project,” said Rick Shintaku, District General Manager. “With this support, we are on track to achieving a clean, disaster-resilient source of water for south Orange County.”

The Doheny Ocean Desalination Project would provide up to 5 million gallons per day of clean, drinkable water for the South Coast Water District service area. The proposed project includes a subsurface water intake system that eliminates impacts to marine life, an ocean water conveyance pipeline, a desalination facility, a regulatory-preferred comingled wastewater brine disposal system 2 miles offshore, and a drinking water storage tank and pumping system.

“Congress has recognized the important need that our region and District has for a reliable, diverse water supply for our future,” said Shintaku. “This investment in the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project means we can continue making strides in achieving a reliable drinking water supply that would significantly assist the region during dry years and emergency water outages.”