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Santa Barbara Gets Major Grant To Help Defray Costs Of Desalination Plant

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A South Coast city has received a major state grant to help offset some of the costs of reactivating its desalination plant.

Santa Barbara’s desalination plant went online last spring, after $72 million dollars worth of work to modernize, and reopen the more than two decade old facility.

The plant produces three million gallons of drinking water a day, or enough to meet about 30% of the city’s annual water demand.

The California Department of Water Resources has given the city $10 million dollars to help defray some of the project’s costs.