Sand City's groundbreaking desal plant gets national attention.
Friday, April 9, 2010
After a year of pilot testing, Sand City's shiny new desalination plant went online Wednesday, April 7, bringing de-salted seawater to the taps of the city's 350-odd residents.
The $14 million brackish water treatment plant, which uses reverse osmosis technology, should deliver almost 100 million gallons of potable water to Sand City customers per year. As part of the California American Water Company's system, it will reduce pressure on the overdrafted Carmel River and Seaside Basin.
It also frees up new water credits for the city's growth. As Councilman Todd Kruper noted last year, "This puts Sand City into a prime development position."