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IRWD Policy Position on Desalination Projects

For over 50 years IRWD has made water supply reliability a top priority through the implementation of water efficient practices and programs and the development of cost effective alternative water supply resources.

In Orange county, locally desalinated water from brackish and ocean water sources continue to be evaluated as potential alternative water supplies. The desalination process converts water with high salts and mineral concentrations into drinking water or water for irrigation purposes. Water agencies that benefit from these potential regional desalination projects would be responsible for project funding.

In November of 2014, the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors adopted a policy reaffirming their support of cost effective regional desalination projects when the costs for treatment and distribution are competitive with existing reliable water supplies. Please click here to read the full policy.

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