Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant New. Reliable. Drought-Proof.
Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant
After three years of construction, the San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Water dedicated the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant on Dec. 14, 2015, joined by more than 600 dignitaries and supporters from across California.
The plant is producing approximately 50 million gallons per day of locally controlled water for San Diego County, helping to minimize the region’s vulnerability to statewide drought conditions. It is part of a $1 billion project that includes the nation’s largest and most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant, a 10-mile large-diameter pipeline and improvements to Water Authority facilities for distributing desalinated seawater throughout San Diego County. The plant meets about 7 to 10 percent of the region’s water demand – about one third of all the water generated in the county.
Development of the nation's largest seawater desalination project followed years of planning and consideration.Learn More
Water Supply Reliability
The desalination project is a major component of the Water Authority's strategy to diversify the region's water supply portfolio.Learn More
View aerial video footage of the Claude "Bud" Lewis Desalination Plant, project construction and more.Learn More