Project Updates

Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project Progress Report - Third Quarter 2014

Read the latest information on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project in the Q3 2014 Progress Report Newsletter.

There are updates on the test wells, desalination plant, engineering study, groundwater replenishment, budget, timeline and more. Read more.


California American Water Awarded $1 Million State Grant for Desalination Test Well

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (September 16, 2014) – California American Water’s desalination test well project has been selected to receive a $1 million Proposition 50 grant by the California Department of Water Resources. The grant will help pay for the installation of an approximately $4 million slant test well, which is intended to prove the viability of beach wells as feed-water for the company’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project. Read more.

-- September 16, 2014

 Slant Well to Address Water Shortage Without Harming Environment

History is unfolding along the coast of California, according to Dennis Williams, president of GEOSCIENCE Support Services Inc.

His groundwater consulting firm has designed something like 1,000 municipal water supply wells in almost 40 years. But those were typical wells, vertical wells. What he's working on now he's only done once before."Necessity is the mother of invention," he said, alluding to a well technology his firm is designing for California's Monterey Peninsula. Read more.

-- September 1, 2014

Working to Solve Monterey's Water Shortage

The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) is California American Water’s solution to the region’s ongoing water supply crisis. The project includes a desalination facility and additional aquifer storage capacity. Combined with ongoing conservation efforts, the MPWSP will ensure a reliable, long-term water supply for our community.

Countdown to 12/31/16

December 31st, 2016, is the deadline issued by the California state water board to reduce pumping from the Carmel River by 70%.