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Desalination plants: A major new market for geoprofessionals?

from Engineering News-Record

Many hopes are riding on the new $1-billion, 54-million-gallon-a-day seawater desalination plant and pipeline in Carlsbad, Calif. If successful, the project, made possible through one of the first public-private partnerships of its kind in the U.S., could serve as a model for other projects around the country. "It is being watched closely right now," says Peter MacLaggan, senior vice president of Poseidon Water, the Boston company that is partnering with the San Diego Water Authority to fund and build the project. "If we were to stub our toe and come out of the shoe with a plant that is not performing well, it's going to be a major setback" for desalination projects in the U.S., he says. Worldwide, some 14,754 desalination plants produce about 17.2 billion gallons a day. more

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