Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant New. Reliable. Drought-Proof.
Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant
Project partners Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority gathered on Dec. 13, 2018, at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to celebrate delivering 40 billion gallons of drought-resilient drinking water to the region during three years of commercial operations. The short ceremony included a proclamation by Supervisor Bill Horn marking the day as Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant Day, and a ceremonial toast with desalinated water.
During its first three years, the plant has garnered numerous accolade. For instance, in May 2017 the Water Authority was recognized by the nation’s largest statewide coalition of water agencies – the Association of California Water Agencies – for innovation and excellence in water resources management with its addition of supplies from the Carlsbad Desalination Project. The plant produces approximately 50 million gallons per day of locally controlled water, helping to minimize the San Diego region’s vulnerability to drought as a core water supply.
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