The Authority does not think that there is only one solution to the water crisis. They believe that the answer lies within a portfolio of options, because there is too much to lose if our community cannot come up with viable water sources by the January 1, 2017 deadline.
This decision did not come lightly. The Authority meticulously drafted a position of support for any project to gain the backing of this group. The goal is to ensure that all viable projects reach fruition, but the reality is that only a few will be able to reach the finish line. In order to qualify for Authority support projects much have the following four conditions:
- Project must be economically competitive.
- Project must have suitable public governance, public accountability and public transparency.
- Project must have clear path to permitting and constructing the facility as near to the Cease and Desist Order deadline as feasible.
- Project must have contingency plans to address significant technical, permitting and legal risks.
The Portfolio includes:
- Ground Water Replenishment (GWR), also known as Pure Water Monterey
- Aquifer Storage and Recovery
- Pacific Grove Water Projects
Currently, GWR start-up is scheduled for the end of 2017 and start-up of the desal plant is now estimated for mid-2018. However, the Authority is in conversations with the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) to request a deadline extension based on the Peninsula’s progress toward resolving our water shortage problem.
View the MPRWA Handout, which provides a brief overview of our water situation and projects.
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