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San Diego, CA, United States

Weinberg K.,Diego County Water Authority SDCWA | Yamada R.,SDCWA | Callahan N.V.,Leidos Engineering LLC | Bianes V.,SDCWA | And 3 more authors.
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2014

The article discusses how changing from a gravity-fed water supply system to a sea-level system provided unique challenges for the New Carlbad, California, desalination project. When people think about seawater desalination, they usually focus on the facility that will produce such a large supply of drinking water. From cost and efficiently standpoints, that water ideally would be delivered directly to nearby residents and business. In reality, integrating large volumes of desalinated seawater into an existing urban water supply systems involves much more than getting the plant built and on-line. One primary complication in starting such a process is reorienting infrastructures that may have served a region for more than 100 years. Dependence on mountain runoff means the water delivery system begins in higher elevation inland areas.

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