MCWD/MCWRA/CAW – Monterey Regional Desalination Plant – California - Project Profile

MCWD/MCWRA/CAW – Monterey Regional Desalination Plant – California - Project Profile


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Marina Coast Water District (MCWD), in association with Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) and California American Water (CAW), is undertaking the construction of a desalination plant in California, the US.

The project involves the construction of a desalination plant with a capacity of 36,340m3 per day.

The project includes the construction of a seawater intake system, a brine discharge system, storage facilities, aquifer storage and recovery system, transmission mains, reservoir and related facilities, and the laying of product water conveyance pipelines.

MCWRA will own, construct, operate and maintain the source water wells and raw water conveyance facilities to the desalination plant. CAW will own, construct, operate and maintain the pipeline, conveyance, and pumping facilities necessary to deliver the water to its customers.

RMC Water and Environment has been appointed as project manager, RBF Consulting (a company of Michael Baker International) as a technical consultant.

In December 2010, the project secured planning approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

In May 2012, MCWD filed with the Public Utilities Commission, a motion to dismiss the Application of California-American Water Company for approval of the project.

In April 2013, request for qualification (RFQ) was issued for design and construction of seawater desalination plant with a submission deadline as on May 1, 2013.

In May 2013, CAW received statements of qualifications (SOQ) from nine design and build contracting teams. However, five teams namely Black & Veatch Corporation, CDM Constructors Inc., CH2M HILL Inc., Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. and MWH Constructors Inc. were shortlisted.

In June 2013, CAW shortlisted five contracting teams and issued a request for proposals (RFP) with a due date as on September 17, 2013.

On February 1, 2014, Cdm Constructors Inc. was awarded US$87 million design-build contract for a desalination plant.

In November 2014, CAW secured approval for Test Slant Well.

In April 2015, five-day operating test completed and the water quality samples were drawn. The information will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission for review and approval before beginning longer term testing.

MCWD, MCWRA, and CAW issued tender for conveyance facilities in August 2015 with a submission deadline as on October 2015. The contract involves the construction of transmission mains, a terminal reservoir and booster stations, and the laying of the 32km pipeline.

The public comment period on Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was extended to September 30, 2015.

On November 24, 2015, Boart Longyear Company was appointed to construct seven to nine source water slant wells that would draw ocean water for the desalination facility.

In December 2015, HydroFocus Inc. was appointed as a hydrogeological consultant.

On December 11, 2015, Garney Pacific, a part of Garney Construction, Monterey Peninsula Engineering, and Mountain Cascade were awarded a construction contract for 32km pipeline, pump stations, and storage facilities sections. The contract is worth US$92 million.

On December 16, 2015, the committee held a public meeting at the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District office located at 5 Harris Court in Monterey.

In June 2016, CAW submitted an application for five-year extension of the Carmel River cutback order to 2021.

Planning activities are underway. Construction works are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017.


The project involves the construction of a desalination plant with a capacity of 36,340m3 per day in Marina, Monterey County, California, the US.

The US$200 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of a seawater intake system

2. Construction of a desalination plant

3. Construction of a brine discharge system

4. Construction of product water conveyance pipelines

5. Construction of storage facilities

6. Construction of an aquifer storage and recovery system

7. Construction of booster stations

8. Construction of transmission mains

9. Construction of a terminal reservoir

10. Construction of seven to nine source water slant wells

11. Laying of 42-inch 32km pipeline

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