Santa Cruz approves more desalting plant spending 

A contract for a Santa Cruz seawater desalting plant's environmental report has been approved by the City Council.

Water Department director Bill Kocher says the $95,000 contract with a San Francisco-based consultant covers work on the project's Environmental Impact Report expected in April.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel (http://bit.ly/x1Jf4Y ) says the cost is being shared with the Soquel Creek Water District, the city's desalination partner.

The city had previously approved nearly $1.5 million in contracts with the San Francisco consulting firm.

The proposed desalination plant would produce 2.5 million gallons of fresh water per day.

A $4 million pilot desalting plant produced 72,000 gallons a day.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

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