The Carlsbad Desalination Plant: Jonathan Shardlow and Michael Duane Davis Author California Water Law & Policy Article

June 30, 2016

Innovative water supply sources are vital in California, and desalination is becoming an increasingly considered method along the California coastline. In an article for California Water Law & Policy, Jonathan Shardlow and Michael Duane Davis discuss the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, a 50-million gallon per day seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, which was recently selected as a Global Water Award winner.

While obtaining water via desalination can be almost two times more expensive than importing water, many municipalities have turned to desalinated water in order to achieve a reliable water supply. Shardlow and Davis believe that though this plant and others like it will come into effect too late to affect the current drought, it is a strong step toward diversifying water supply options, and will likely pave the way for more desalination projects to be welcomed during the next drought.