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Project: Reactivation of the Charles E. Myer Desalination Plant

Description: The Charles Meyer Desalination Plant Reactivation Project includes all the tasks necessary to permit, design, procure construct, and start-up the project using a design-build-operate delivery approach. Specific construction activities include: 1) Reactivation of on-shore desalination facilities at 525 Yanonali Street and 420 Quinientos Street, consisting of all electrical, chemical, treatment, finished water storage and pumping equipment required to produce up to 3125 AFY of finished water, but capable of being expanded to 10,000 AFY at buildout; 2) Reactivation of the City's ocean intake by replacing intake screens, intake pumps, and associated discharge piping, including intake screen replacement with cylindrical wedge wire screens and intake pipeline repairs at four locations to facilitate re-installation of the off-shore submersible pumps; 3) Outfall Mixing Box Improvements at the City's El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall to construct a sampling station to allow sampling of effluent before and after mixing with brine to comply with the requirements of the City's NPDES permit; 4) Distribution System Improvements consisting of installation of a new pump station to transfer water from the Low Zone to higher pressure zones within the City's distribution system.

Reference Number: 3860-P01-324

Implemented By: City of Santa Barbara

Objective: Reactivate the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant - including rehabilitation of its existing intake, discharge, and treatment facilities - such that the plant can reliably, and cost effectively produce a supply of 3,125 AFY of new potable water.

Type: Water Management

Total Cost: $72,000,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 12/31/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Santa Barbara

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Local Contribution3/12/2018$62,000,000.00
Prop. 1, Water Recycling3/12/2018$10,000,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Water ManagementDesalination  

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Increase Regional Self-Reliance and Integrated Water Management Across All Levels of GovernmentAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description


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