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Desalination removes salts from the ocean or other salty water to produce fresh water through distillation or filtration.

The water district has joined with three other large Bay Area water agencies to jointly explore the feasibility of building a regional desalination plant. The other participating agencies are the East Bay Municipal Utility District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Zone 7 and the Contra Costa Water District. 

  • A pilot scale study has been completed to turn brackish water from Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County into fresh water

For more on the pilot project, check out

For more information, contact Santa Clara Valley Water District Water Use Efficiency Unit Manager Hossein Ashktorab at 408-630-2291.