Metropolitan Water District OKs Ground Water Desalination Plant

A ground water desalting project that will produce 423 million gallons of water a year for use in south Orange County has been approved by the Metropolitan Water District.

"The project is part of Metropolitan's continuing effort to clean up ground water in the Southland that otherwise would not meet drinking water standards," said general manager John Wodraska. The project will reduce the need for imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River, he added.

In conjunction with the Coastal Municipal Water District, Tri-Cities Municipal Water District and Capistrano Beach Water District, the project will remove salts and other impurities in water pumped from the San Juan Groundwater Basin, which is beneath San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Dana Point, San Clemente and Capistrano Beach. The salts removed during treatment will be released to the ocean.

The $4.5-million treatment plant will be built in Dana Point on two acres of land owned by the Capistrano Beach Water District, east of San Juan Creek and north of Pacific Coast Highway. Construction is to begin this fall, project manager Bill Everest said.

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