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California Approves Desalination Project With Another on Deck

Oct. 18, 2022, 2:54 PM

A California desalination project to bolster the region’s water supply has won state regulators’ approval, but a separate site faces what is expected to be a more contentious vote next month.

The California Coastal Commission’s 11-0 vote to green-light the $140 million Doheny Ocean Desalination Project in Orange County’s Dana Point was a win for desalination advocates and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) plan to boost the state’s water supply that draws in part on the technology.

“We believe that the project before you today, although not perfect, provides a solid example that we can use in planning for future desalination,” ...