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California approves desalination plant as historic drought hits water supplies

Emma Newburger, CNBC on October 14, 2022

California regulators this week approved a $140 million desalination plant that could convert up to 5 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water, as the state grapples with a persistent megadrought and plummeting water supplies.

The state’s Coastal Commission on Thursday voted 11-0 to approve the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project in Orange County in Southern California. The plant could be functioning within the next five years and supply water for thousands of people in the South Coast Water District.

The approval comes as record temperatures and drought conditions have forced states like California to address a future with dwindling water supplies.

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