California American Water issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) today, the first step in selecting the design-build (DB) contractor for the desalination infrastructure component of its Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project which it expects the California Public Utilities Commission to approve later this month.
The approxim ately $400 million water supply project, which is currently under review by the CPUC, would provide water to residents of the Monterey Peninsula through a combination of seawater desalination, aquifer storage recovery and groundwater replenishment. The project is needed to replace current diversions from the Carmel River as ordered by the State Water Resources Control Board in its 2009 Cease and Desist Order. The RFQ pertains only to the desalination portion of the project.
The desalination facility, which would be located in Marina, would treat water drawn from experimental subsurface slant wells along the coast. The resulting brine will be discharged to the ocean through the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency’s existing outfall.
The content of the RFQ is the result of a collaborative process between the company and members of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project Governance Committee, a local oversight group made up of representatives from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.
A copy of the RFQ and more information about the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project are available at www.watersupplyproject.org.
posted to Cedar Street Times on April 1, 2013
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