The nearly complete desalination plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy San Diego County Water Authority
The nearly complete desalination plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy San Diego County Water Authority

As the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere prepares to open Monday in Carlsbad, environmental advocate Surfrider Foundation on Friday raised new objections to the technology.

“Surfrider stresses that desalination is not the solution for drought-stricken California or other states in similar conditions,” the group said in a statement. “Desalination plants not only pose significant risks to our marine habitats, but will have significant economic impacts.”

The new plant will produce enough drought-proof water to serve 400,000 people, or about 8 percent of the San Diego region’s water demand.

The $1 billion Carlsbad Desalination Project is the result of a 30-year water purchase agreement between the San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Water.

Similar plants have been proposed for the Huntington Beach and Camp Pendleton areas.

Surfrider plans a press conference on Monday near the entrance to the new desalination plant to publicize its opposition to the technology. The group supports increased water conservation as an alternative.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.