Seawater Desalination in LA?

West Basin Municipal Water District is proposing a 20-60 million gallons per day ocean desalination facility in El Segundo. It will cost at least $400 million to build, and will increase ratepayers' monthly water bills.

West Basin released a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project in March 2018, and is currently reviewing public comments. They claim that they have yet to decide on the project...

But they've already spent 18 years and ~$60 million studying it.

Location of West Basin’s proposed desalination plant. In the distance is the existing El Segundo NRG power plant. Photo by Brad Jacobson.

This Project is a Boondoggle.

We don't need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on an environmentally disastrous and unnecessary facility.

We can ensure an affordable, reliable water supply for all Angelenos without spending enormous amounts of ratepayer dollars, adding tens of thousands of tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, and building yet another industrial blight along the South Bay coast.

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Comments on the Draft EIR urge West Basin to reconsider.


Culver City and City of Carson have joined 3 Coastal Cities in opposing the project.

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