Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant New. Reliable. Drought-Proof.
Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant
The San Diego County Water Authority in May 2017 was recognized by the nation’s largest statewide coalition of water agencies for innovation and excellence in water resources management with its addition of supplies from the Carlsbad Desalination Project. The 2017 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence, presented by the Association of California Water Agencies, has been awarded annually since 1988 to exemplary programs for managing and protecting water supplies in California.
The award followed completion of the first year of operations at the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, a public-private partnership between the Water Authority and Poseidon Water. It was a historic first year, with the plant garnering local and international accolades while generating locally controlled, drought-resilient supplies that helped reduce – and eventually remove – state emergency water-use mandates. The plant produces 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.
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