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Carlsbad desal project public comment meeting delayed

With water purchasing negotiations continuing between the San Diego County Water Authority and the developer of the proposed Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project, Poseidon Resources, the planned Sept. 13 meeting dedicated to receiving public comment on the document has been pushed back to Oct. 2.

The change was announced Friday by the Water Authority, which had previously scheduled the Sept. 13 meeting as the first of two public meetings during which public comment would be sought. The second planned meeting, scheduled for Sept. 20, will go on as scheduled, but will now be the first meeting on the issue, instead of the concluding one.

“We want to make sure we give our community enough time to read and digest this large and important document before these public meetings, so they can come fully informed and ready to share their thoughts,” Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton said in a statement.

Both the Sept. 20 and Oct. 2 meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the first meeting being held at the Water Authority’s offices at 4677 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa and the second meeting planned for the Carlsbad Senior Center at 799 Pine Ave. in Carlsbad.

At the close of negotiations, the draft water purchase agreement will be released for a 60-day public review period, the Water Authority said.

The board is expected to take action on the agreement sometime in the fall.

If approved and built, the Carlsbad plant would produce up to 56,000 acre-feet of desalinated seawater per year, enough to serve an estimated 112,000 households of four people.

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