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Laguna Madre Water District: Seawater Desalination Pilot Plant Study

Project Summary

Conduct a 12-month pilot plant study to collect source water quality data to determine the cost of a 1-MGD full-scale facility and to update a regional water facility plan.

TWDB Contract Manager:
Jorge Arroyo, P.E.
Funding Recipient:
Laguna Madre Water District
Project Administrator:
Laguna Madre Water District
Contractors:
NRS Consulting Engineers
Project Start Date:
Fall 2006
Project Completion Date:
December 2009
Total Project Cost:
$779,000
TWDB Share of Project Cost:
$231,000
Benefits:
The study will provide reliable, site-specific source water data from an open ocean intake or beach wells to determine the cost of a 1-MGD seawater desalination plant.

Project Details

Participants

Project Sponsor:

Texas Water Development Board
Jorge Arroyo, P.E. - Contract Manager
Texas Water Development Board
1700 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78711
512-475-3003

Funding Recipient:

Laguna Madre Water District
Mr. Gavino Sotello - Interim General Manager
Laguna Madre Water District
105 Port Road
Port Isabel, TX 78578
956-943-2626

Project Manager:

NRS Consulting Engineers
Mr. Jesus Leal - Principal
NRS Consulting Engineers
1222 E. Tyler, Suite C
P.O. Box 2544
Harlingen, TX 78551
956-423-7409

Project Consultant:

NRS Consulting Engineers
Mr. Jesus Leal - Principal
NRS Consulting Engineers
1222 E. Tyler, Suite C
P.O. Box 2544
Harlingen, TX 78551
956-423-7409

Project Milestones

Event Date
Application received by TWDB February 23, 2006
TWDB Board authorizes contract negotiations July 18, 2006
Contract signed (official start of project) September 15, 2006
Project engineer selected by Laguna Madre Water District
Pilot plant start-up date (anticipated)

Photographs

Courtesy of Jorge Arroyo and Saqib Shirazi, TWDB, April 2008 to May 2009

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