Take Action: Oppose Costly Desalination in Orange County

The proposed Poseidon desalination plant will dramatically increase the cost of water, lower the water quality in our shared aquifer, and hurt local businesses. Help us oppose it.

To: Orange County Water District,

Ratepayers, water experts, and local leaders are urging you to say NO to the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach. The plant would dramatically increase the cost of water, lower the water quality in our shared aquifer, and hurt local businesses. Scientists and water experts agree that desalination should be our last resort in meeting our water needs.

We oppose the Poseidon project because:

It will increase water bills, forcing ratepayers to pay for a billion-dollar boondoggle and committing them to buying the country’s most expensive water.

It will diminish the water quality in our shared aquafer, adding Boron and Chlorides and forcing everyone to pay extra for expensive treatment if they want clean water.

It will hurt local businesses that rely on tourism and an inexpensive supply of quality water.

We urge you to stand with ratepayers, water experts, and local leaders and reject the proposed Poseidon desalination plant.

Top 5 Reasons We Oppose Desal In Orange County

In Huntington Beach, Poseidon Resources – owned by global developer Brookfield Infrastructure Partners – is proposing a billion dollar desalination plant. The plant would require local ratepayers to buy 50 million gallons of water per day, whether they need it or not, at a cost twice that of imported water and four times higher than stormwater capture. Over the last 15 years, Poseidon has spent over $1.6 million lobbying for the project, and still does not have a buyer. Here are five major problems with Poseidon’s proposal:

1. We Don’t Need the Water

Orange County’s most recent water plan, published April 2016, indicates the County can meet its water needs through 2040 without the plant. Orange County has less expensive, more sustainable options for developing new water supplies.

According to the Pacific Institute, water conservation and efficiency improvements could reduce water use by a third, similar to those called for in the state’s new water plan.

2. It’s a Bad Deal for Consumers

Poseidon wants to Orange County to sign a 50-year ‘take or pay’ contract, committing ratepayers to buying expensive water and guarantees returns for Poseidon.

The billion-dollar plant would increase water bills for hard-working families to line the pockets of Poseidon and its parent company Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.

3. It Will Hurt Local Businesses

Increased water bills put a heavy burden on local businesses, whose annual costs could skyrocket by forcing them to cover the costs.

Many local businesses rely on tourism and high-quality, inexpensive water supply, which would change drastically if the desalination plant is built.

4. Poseidon Will Diminish Our Water Quality

After the desalination process, Boron and Chloride stay dissolved in the water, harming our landscapes and horticulture.

Putting desalinated water in our aquifer will degrade our water supply.

5. Poseidon Has Failed Before

Poseidon’s Carlsbad plant has failed to deliver a fifth of the water promised to San Diego County Water Authority, and racked up more than a dozen water quality violations during its first year of operations.

The proposed Huntington Beach plant does not meet state rules designed to reduce environmental impacts, and Poseidon has resisted the push to modernize and comply.