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City Council look at private sector desalination plant proposals


This illustrative video shows the seawater desalination process in action.

Corpus Christi Caller Times

In 2018, 10 private companies presented to city of Corpus Christi staff their proposals for alternative water sources for the city.

The city never followed up for more information, including cost, about the companies’ proposals. 

However, the city is still pursing a $222.5 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board to build a seawater desalination plant within the Inner Harbor of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

City Council members Rudy Garza, Gil Hernandez, Ben Molina and Paulette Guarjardo want to know more about the private companies’ proposals. They submitted a request to add the private-sector 2018 presentations to the Sept. 29 agenda. 

During its regular meeting Tuesday, council approved the request. City staff will give a summarized presentation of the 10 companies’ proposals.

Freese and Nichols engineering firm is researching sites for two seawater

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Water company withdraws desalination proposal as battle over environmental justice heats up

A proposed desalination project would be located on the coast of Marina, where a sand mine has operated for decades. <span class="copyright">(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A proposed desalination project would be located on the coast of Marina, where a sand mine has operated for decades. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Amid mounting controversy and concerns over environmental justice, California American Water on Wednesday withdrew its application for a desalination project in the small Monterey Bay town of Marina.

The proposal had become one of the most fraught issues to come before the California Coastal Commission, which was set to vote Thursday. The decision would have been the first major test of the commission’s new power to review not only harm to the environment when making decisions but also harm to underrepresented communities.

At stake was the contentious future of water on the Monterey Peninsula as well as the role government should play in addressing issues of environmental inequity.

Water demand projections, local groundwater impacts and other water supply concerns have been hotly disputed across

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