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Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Projects

In 2010, stakeholders attempted to collaborate on developing a Monterey Regional Desalination Project that would address the region’s water constraints in light of the State Water Resources Control Board’s 1995 order which found that Cal Am Water was unlawfully diverting too much water from the Carmel River and directed it to develop other water resources.  On May 24, 2013, Cal Am, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, and the County of Monterey filed a Settlement with the CPUC requesting ratepayers reimburse Agency and County costs totaling $2.8 million, with an additional $700,000 identified for potential overruns, for a combined total $3.5 million. The Project was unsustainable, but incurred many costs. In January 2012, Cal Am withdrew its support from the 2010 Regional Desalination Project public-private partnership with the Monterey water agencies. In April 2012, Cal Am filed an Application to obtain CPUC approval for an alternative Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, proposing two Desalination Plant scenarios at North Marina. 

Current Projects:  Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

 

 Phase 1: Desalination Plant

 

Phase 2: Ground Water Replenishment Project

 

 

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Former Project:  Monterey Regional Desalination Project

  • Cal Am Reimbursement Costs:  Cal Am, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, and the County of Monterey have requested the CPUC require Cal Am ratepayers to reimburse Agency and County costs totaling $2.8 million, with an additional $700,000 identified for potential overruns, for costs incurred by the now defunct Monterey Regional Desalination Project.