State Recommends $10 Million in Water Bond Funds for Antioch Desalination Plant


Frazier: Project great example of alternative to disastrous tunnels

ANTIOCH – The City of Antioch’s plan to build a brackish water desalination plant on the San Joaquin River received a boost from the State Department of Water Resources, which is recommending a grant of $10 million in Proposition 1 Water Bond funds to the city for construction of the project.

“I am pleased to see the hard work we put into passing the Water Bond paying off on a local project that will improve the quality and reliability of fresh water for Antioch residents,” said Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay. “This is the type of project we envisioned in the Legislature when we passed the Water Bond legislation and asked voters to approve it.”

Officially titled the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act and known as Proposition 1 when voters approved it in 2014, the legislation authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund ecosystems and watershed protection and restoration, storage and water supply infrastructure projects and drinking water protection.

“This project creates new fresh water and is a great example of an alternative to the proposed foolhardy Delta tunnels project, which does not create a single drop of new water,” Frazier added. “This plant will use brackish water that is currently not utilized to increase our overall supply of fresh water. This is the type of water project California should be investing in – creating new water with minimal impact on the environment and unambiguous benefit to end users.”

When completed, Antioch’s proposed plant would desalinate up to 6 million gallons of brackish water per day using a reverse osmosis treatment system. The plant – estimated to cost about $62 million total – would be contained inside the city’s current water treatment facility boundaries on Putnam Street.


Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.


  1. Jim Frazier, Please stop using everyone else’s lines. You can only ride on other’s coat tails for so long.

    Busted dude!

  2. That leaves $52 million to be passed on to the residents who are billed for the water. I don’t believe brackish water is the problem in Antioch. Most months the water comes from the canal via delta fresh water. The backup source is Golf Course reservoir that gets the water from river delta at old boat launch. This is why Antioch residents detect a change in smell in the water.

  3. Actually not a bad idea. California being a coastline state should invest in more desalination plants. California is the largest agriculture provider to the nation. We need water, and I’m tired of hearing the word drought. The Rocky Mountains states don’t want us tapping into their abundant water supply with a pipeline, and although desalination plants are expensive, and the enviromentalist don’t like it because it will make the ocean even more saltier, again we need unlimited fresh water. Maybe we can get Moonbean to cancel the bullet train and pay for these plants, and if stops the tunnel, this might work. Just my thought.

  4. Build desalination plants down in Southern Calif. where they need the water. Isn’t that the reason Jerry Brown wants the tunnels, so he can send water to S. CA?

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