Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Costs and Financing

Published: November 2012

Authors: Heather Cooley and Newsha Ajami

Pages: 48



Seawater desalination is gaining traction as a potential solution to water supply challenges in California, but economics – specifically, the cost of the water produced and the complex financial arrangements needed to develop a project –  will ultimately determine the success and extent of this technology. This report provides communities and decision makers with information needed to make decisions about building desalination plants along the California coast, and elsewhere.

This report is part of a series launched in 2012 identifying the key outstanding issues for desalination in the state: cost and financing; energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions; and marine impacts.


In this Series