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By Kristina Pritchett

During the South Coast Water District’s engineering and operations committee meeting, staff provided an update of progress made during the last month regarding the Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant’s task orders.

GHD—an engineering firm working with the district on the project—told the district eight tasks were currently being worked on.

General Manager Andy Brunhart said as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a technical team is modeling the impacts of discharge of brine—water that’s saturated with salt and is a byproduct of ocean water desalination—to ensure compliance with state health and environmental regulations.

According to the staff report, a complete brine modeling work and technical memo will be completed by Dec. 8 along with a complete coastal hazards modeling work and technical memo.

Comments from the water district, as well as feedback from State Parks, South Orange County Wastewater Authority and the city of Dana Point was collected for a preliminary design report.

According to the staff report, GHD submitted a task order proposal for Workshop 5 to present results of a financial analysis.

Brunhart said SCWD will consider the task order to conduct Workshop 5 during the Thursday, Nov. 17 meeting. As of press time, it was unknown how the board voted.

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