Marines agree to study building large desalination plant at Camp Pendleton

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – County water officials have announced an agreement with the Marine Corps to study the feasibility of building a large desalination plant on Camp Pendleton.

As part of the agreement, the San Diego County Water Authority authorized a $4 million contract to build a pilot project to test several methods of turning seawater into drinking water, the Los Angeles Times reported. That project is expected to take about two years.

Neither the Marines nor the water authority are obligated to build a plant, but if they decide to, officials said that it would probably not be completed until after 2030.

The county already has a $1-billion plant at Carlsbad. It is scheduled to begin providing drinking water later this year.

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