SCE, City of Avalon and Los Angeles County Celebrate New Desalination Plant on Catalina Island as Historic California Drought Continues

November 23, 2015

Media Contact: Lauren Bartlett, (626) 302-2255

Advisory for Monday, Nov. 30

WHAT: 
Southern California Edison, the city of Avalon and Los Angeles County are celebrating their partnership for building a new desalination plant to bring additional freshwater resources to the Catalina Island community.

WHEN:
1 p.m., Nov. 30. (The formal program is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m.)

WHERE: 
SCE’s Pebbly Beach Generating Station, 1 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, MAP                                   

WHO

  • Greg Ferree, SCE vice president, Distribution.
  • Ann Marshall, Avalon mayor.
  • Don Knabe, Los Angeles county supervisor.

BACKGROUND: 
As California’s historic drought continues, SCE has partnered with Avalon and Los Angeles County for an additional desalination unit for Catalina Island to potentially delay or avert 50 percent water rationing. Because of extreme drought conditions, Catalina has been in 25 percent water rationing since August 2014. The new desalination plant is expected to be operational on Dec. 7. Tours of the new plant and interviews will be available before and after the event. For safety, flat, closed-toe shoes are required for all attendees. An RSVP is required by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

TRANSPORTATION:
Transportation from the Catalina Express dock in Avalon will be available either at 11:15 a.m. (the arrival of the 10 a.m. boat from downtown Long Beach) or at 12:15 p.m. Please indicate when making your RSVP what time you need transportation. Return transportation to the boat dock also will be provided.

Topics: Environment, Infrastructure