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Here’s why the desalination plant in Doheny was approved and Huntington Beach’s wasn’t – Daily News

Earlier this month, the California Coastal Commission approved plans for a desalination plant close to Doheny State Beach. In May, the fee voted against a plant in Huntington Beach. Today we take a look at the variations.

The greenlighted $140 million desalination plant in south Orange County’s metropolis of Dana Point contains technology most well-liked by environmentalists and regulators and may present as much as 5 million gallons per day. Unlike the rejected $1.4 billion plant in Huntington Beach, the Doheny Ocean Desalination project location has distinctive hydrogeology that enables superior slant wells (proven in graphics on the proper) to attract water from beneath the ocean ground to guard marine life.

The plant will assist serve the South Coast Water District’s roughly 35,000 residents in Dana Point, South Laguna Beach and elements of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Water charges for residents could improve $2-$7 per 30 days.

The different main distinction between the Doheny plant and the website in Huntington Beach is how the brine from the ocean’s saltwater will probably be launched. Brine left over by the desalination course of can kill marine life when launched again into the ocean. But the Doheny plant is sending the discharge to a close-by wastewater remedy plant, the place the salty discharge could be diluted with ocean water and despatched by means of an present pipeline that goes out to sea.


Before development can start, the Doheny plant will want a lease from the California State Lands Commission. Construction is anticipated to take roughly three years. The district already has secured greater than $32 million in federal and state grants.


Desalination vegetation

The approved plant close to Doheny is certainly one of seven new and expanded desalination vegetation alongside California’s coast that’s into consideration to transform ocean water into recent water for Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

Sources: California Water Boards, South Coast and Laguna Beach County water districts, Calmatters.orgContent from former Register artist Maxwell Henderson contributed to this report

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