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Dec 14, 2012 10:20 PM by Associated Press

Central coast desal plant will likely be delayed

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - A Monterey Peninsula desalination plant will not be ready in time to replenish local water supplies before a state deadline to stop pumping from the Carmel River, the area's key water source.

The Monterey County Herald reported (http://bit.ly/TixCVK ) that California American Water said it is seeking to build a larger and more costly desalination plant to replace the fresh river water that will be lost after 2017.

The company was ordered to reduce taking the precious resource after years of over pumping, which caused environmental damage to the river.

The company told the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday that its proposed desalination facility, which removes salt from seawater, will need a larger capacity than previously planned.

Cal Am has until Jan. 11 to evaluate the impact of its proposed changes.

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