The Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant has been honored with a Global Water Award as the Desalination Plant of the Year for 2016 by Global Water Intelligence, publisher of periodicals for the international water industry. The award, announced April 18 at the Global Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, goes to "the desalination plant, commissioned during 2015, that represents the most impressive technical or ecologically sustainable achievement in the industry."
"The successful completion of the largest desalination plant in North America followed years of seemingly insurmountable technical, financial and legal hurdles," according to Global Water Intelligence. "The tenacity shown by the developer team is matched only by the importance of seawater desalination as a key part of the solution to California's water crisis. A canny combination of state-of-the art energy recovery technology with an external energy offsetting programme makes Carlsbad the first major infrastructure project in the state of California to completely neutralise its carbon footprint."
The Carlsbad plant is a major piece of the Water Authority's multi-decade strategy to diversify the region's water supply portfolio. It uses reverse osmosis membrane technology to produce approximately 10 percent of the region's water supply; it is a core supply regardless of weather conditions, and it is blended with water from other sources for regional distribution.
To learn more, go to carlsbaddesal.sdcwa.org.
Credit: Water Source, April 26, 2016; San Diego Water County Authority