The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that the Soquel Creek Water District – which supplies much of Aptos with water – has decided to move funds from the proposed desalination plant, and use some of that money to hire a consultant on that project to look for alternatives.
The consultant – San Francisco-based Kennedy/Jenks – has already been paid $1.6 million since 2008 for work on the desalination project. They will receive an additional $25,000 to continue to look for alternatives. These funds will come from the three-year rate increase approved in February. The District had set aside nearly $950,000 for the desalination project in the 2013-2014 fiscal year alone.
The District is especially interested in using recycled water, and considers it a key component to planning for the future of the water supply. Kennedy/Jenks is said to have expertise in recycled water.
See also Peakwater.org for more info on Santa Cruz desalination