New desal plant planned for Monterey Bay
Moss Landing Water, a partnership between Calera Corp. (Los Gatos, CA) and Desal America (Moss Landing, CA), has announced plans to build a seawater desalination facility in Moss Landing on California's Monterey Bay. The facility, which is expected to cost $40 million to $60 million to development, will have the capacity to produce up to 10,000 acre-feet of desalinated water per year, according to the developer.
The facility will use a 'deep seawater' desalination method that Calera founder Brent Constantz says will be less harmful to marine life and will make the desalination process easier and less expensive because deep seawater is less contaminated. Desal America CEO Stan Leuck told the Monterey County Herald that deep seawater desalination is used aboard ships, but has not been tried on shore before, largely because there aren't many sites with access to deep water.