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 claims that they have yet to decide on the project, and that they are waiting on the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and submission of public comments before deciding whether or not to move forward.

But they've already spent 17 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.

The Latest


Culver City joins other West Basin Customers in opposing the project.

DRAFT EIR Comment Period Extended

West Basin granted our request and has extended the comment period to June 25

*New!* Draft EIR

Access the Draft Environmental Impact Report, Released on March 27

*New!* Press Release

 Prolific Costs of Proposed South Bay Ocean Desalination Plant Exposed

*New!* Energy Report

Energy & GHG Emissions Assessment of Proposed West Basin Desal Plant

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