Friday September 23, 2022

Monterey Herald

Officials are exploring the idea of bringing a desalination plant back online to help solve the area’s water supply problem.

The suggestion came as the Monterey County Board of Supervisors held a regional water forum and welcomed officials from various water agencies in the county as well as representatives from the state and federal governments in an effort to collaborate and find solutions to regional water supply problems.

“I’m so pleased that we have so many of our partners here in the room today and on Zoom as well for this important conversation about the water issues that are facing us here in the county,” Supervisor Mary Adams said. “While the water issues that are facing us are not new, and while conversations such as those that have happened in the past, there is a renewed sense of urgency to get out of our silos, to leave our guns at the door and forge a path forward with numerous stakeholders and partners.”

One of the solutions mentioned was the Marina Coast Water District’s desalination plant. According to the agency’s website, the plant was constructed in 1996 and placed in operation in January 1997. At full capacity, it can produce 300,000 gallons per day of potable water.

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