Monterey Peninsula Water Project

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The Monterey Peninsula Water Project (MPWP) was created to fill a growing need for water following the failure of the Regional Water Project. The MPWP will consist of a series of slant wells designed to pump water to a desalination facility in Marina [1]. Current water (% use) in Monterey County stems from water which has been illegal obtained (citation). This project will prevent the legality problem of water...


The MPWP has an estimated cost of $277 million[1]. These costs will be allocated to following portions of the project:

Aspect of MPWP Cost

Surface Intake Systems and Supply Return Facilities $51M
Desalination Plant $95M
Pipeline Facilities $131M
Pre-Construction Cost $8M

Rate Changes

With the installation of the Marina Peninsula Water Project, typical rate payers in the Monterey area can expect a 41% bill increase by 2018 [2]. The average citizen in the Monterey area uses approximately 74 units (10 cubic feet per unit). These citizens monthly bill is expected to raise from $75 to an estimated $104 by 2018. Citizens will be affected differently based on the levels of their water consumption.


  • April 12, 2011
    • Investigation begins into the Regional Water Project, ultimately leading to that projects failure
  • April 23, 2012
    • CalAM filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission leading to the creation of the MPWP
  • January 30, 2014
    • Reached the final depth of the slant well testing its feasibility for the MPWP water source[3]
  • March 30, 2014
    • Completed test slant well successfully began pumping water and returning it to the ocean[4]


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