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MWD board OKs subsidies to boost Carlsbad seawater-to-drinking-water project

November 10, 2009 |  4:44 pm

A proposal to create the first major seawater desalination plant in Southern California received a major boost today when regional water managers approved a subsidy for the operation that could eventually grow to $350 million.

The privately owned plant would be built in Carlsbad, next to the Encina power station. When completed, it would produce enough water annually to serve roughly 100,000 households in San Diego County.

Read more about the project at Greenspace, The Times' environment blog.