Desalination Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Panoche Water District
Document Title
Desalination Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Agriculture/Exclusive Ag, 20-Acre Minimum/Agriculture

Document Description
The proposed Project would provide the Panoche Drainage District with access to treated agricultural subsurface drainage by means of a proprietary concentrated solar still (CSS) process, designed, constructed and operated by WaterFX. This process will produce fresh water from sources of treatable or salt-impaired water using solar energy. Upon completion, the first phase of the Project will have the capability to produce approximately 2 million gallons of fresh water, per day (approximately 2,200 acre-feet annually). The second phase of the Project will involve expanding the plant to up to 100-acres, with the ability to treat up to 4.8 million gallons of agricultural drainage water daily, producing approximately 4.5 million gallons of fresh water per day (up to 5,000 acre-feet annually).

Contact Information
Chris Linneman
Panoche Drainage District
Lead/Public Agency
52027 W. Althea Avenue
Firebaugh, CA 93622

Phone : (559) 582-9237


36°53'32"N 120°39'55"W
Cross Streets
Russsell Avenue and Delta-Mendota Canal
Total Acres
Parcel #
Delta Mendota Canal
Other Location Info
South Dos Palos

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Water Facilities (Type Desalination Pla)
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB) Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance

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