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2013 Desal Grants

Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management

Water Use and Efficiency
901 P Street Sacramento, CA 95814-3515

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P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236


*NEW: DWR has released the draft funding recommendations for the third round of Proposition 50 Desalination Grants.
Eight (8) projects are recommended to receive $8.7 million of available funds. These projects are:

Construction City of Torrance Goldsworthy Desalter Expansion $3,000,000 $3,000,000
San Diego County Water Authority Carlsbad Desalination Project - System Integration Facilities $3,000,000 $2,600,000
Pilot or Demonstration California American Water Company Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project: Slant Test Well $1,000,000 $1,000,000
San Diego County Water Authority Pilot Testing Program for the Proposed Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Facility $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Feasibility Olivenhain MWD San Dieguito Valley Brackish Groundwater Desalination Study $250,000 $250,000
Research Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Concentrate Management through Saline Treatment Wetlands $210,000 $210,000
Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation RO-PRO for Low Energy Desalination $320,872 $320,872
University of California at Merced An Integrated Thermal Desalination System with Zero-Liquid Discharge for RO Brine Treatment $499,989 $324,128
Total of Recommended Funding $8,705,000
Alameda County Water District brackish groundwater desalination facility, funded in the 2005 (first) grant cycle.

Additional information on the each of the proposals submitted is provided in the file here.

Proposal Review

In January 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) received 12 proposals in response to the 2014 Water Desalination Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). Approximately $11.7 million in grant funding was requested for proposed projects having estimated total project costs of $63.9 million. DWR has $8.705 million available for this solicitation. The 12 applications were in the following project categories: 3 construction, 2 pilot and demonstration, 1 feasibility study, 1 environmental documentation, and 5 research.

The review of proposals was conducted in two steps. First, the proposals were reviewed for completeness and whether they met the minimum eligibility criteria. Three proposals were determined to be ineligible and were removed from further consideration. Second, a technical review was conducted on the remaining 9 proposals. Based on these reviews, DWR has ranked the proposals and proposes to allocate funds to 8 proposals, as shown in the attached table. The recommended funding allocation is consistent with the funding caps and allocations presented in the PSP:

Implementation/construction Up to $3,000,000 $5,600,000
Pilot or demonstration Up to $1,000,000 $3,100,000
Feasibility studies Up to $250,000
Environmental documentation Up to $250,000
Research Up to $500,000

Draft Funding List Comments

The period for commenting on the Draft Funding List is now closed. DWR staff presented this draft funding recommendation at a public meeting and accepted public comments on July 9, 2014. The meeting presentation is here

PSP Schedule

The schedule for the remainder of the PSP funding process is:

July 1, 2014 Announce Desalination Draft Funding Awards
July 9, 2014 Public Workshop for Draft Funding Awards – Sacramento
July 16, 2014 Comment Period on Draft Award List ends, 5:00 pm
Early August, 2014* Announce Desalination Final Award Decision
Early August, 2014* Desalination Contract Negotiations Begin
December 5, 2013 Public Workshop for Final PSP – Sacramento
Fall 2014* Desalination Contracts Executed and Projects Begin
*Dates are approximate.

Application Process

The application process for Round 3 is found here

Need More Information?

If you need any additional information, or if you have questions about the PSP, please contact the DWR’s Desalination Section at You may also contact the section chief, Richard Mills, at 916-651-0715 or by e-mail