DWR released the first round of projects to be awarded grant funding by the Water Desalination Grant Program as part of the Continuous Application Process (CAP1). The following water districts and cities will receive a total of $1.3 million for the construction, planning, and design of potable water desalination facilities for both brackish and ocean water sources.
- The West Basin Municipal Water District received $547,295 in grant funding for the C. Marvin Brewer Desalter Facility Improvement Project, a construction project that will install a new well at an existing groundwater desalination facility.
- The West Basin Municipal Water District received $500,000 in grant funding for an environmental documentation project to prepare the final Environmental Impact Report for a proposed ocean desalination facility.
- The City of Thousand Oaks received $111,326 in grant funding for a feasibility study to assess the potential to desalinate water from a former golf course irrigation well for both potable and irrigation water supply.
- The City of Simi Valley Water Department received $144,685 in grant funding for a feasibility study to assess the potential to desalinate brackish groundwater in the Simi Valley Groundwater Basin for potable water supply.
These awards assist in the planning and implementation of projects that support local water supply reliability. DWR is currently reviewing the next group of applications, referred to as CAP2. Draft funding recommendations are expected to be released in early May.