April 11, 2019

Representative Levin Announces South Coast Water District Set to Receive $8.3 Million in Federal Funding for Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that the South Coast Water District is set to receive more than $8.3 million in federal funding for the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, subject to pending federal appropriations. The funding will improve the local water supply in South Orange County by producing up to 5,300 acre-feet per year of new, local potable water for the District.

“I am thrilled to announce that the South Coast Water District is set to receive robust federal funding to improve the reliability of local drinking water in South Orange County,” said Representative Levin. “After years of severe drought, one of my priorities is ensuring that our Southern California communities have the federal resources they need to expand the local water supply, and I am excited to see the South Coast Water District receive the funding they need to achieve that goal.”

“We want to thank Congressman Levin and his staff for all of the hard work and dedication it took to secure funds for the Doheny Desalination Plant,” said SCWD President Bill Green. “These funds will assist SCWD in providing a critical community benefit: a reliable, local water supply that is also environmentally friendly.”

“Our district and South Orange County are roughly 90 percent reliant on imported water for our everyday water needs,” said SCWD General Manager Rick Shintaku. “The Doheny Desalination project would fulfill a critical need for our area by providing local water supplies during significant droughts and emergency supplies when delivery of imported water is disrupted.”

To learn more about the South Coast Water District’s Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, click here.