The founders of the ECA had it right when deciding upon what a construction-focused association should look like, and exactly who it was they were serving

“Championing the interests of its members,” and, striving to be a “collective influence in the advancement of the construction industry in Southern California.” These words ring just as true today as they did in the 1970’s when first written.

The ECA’s Mission is driven by our “Members First” philosophy as we quickly move to the next level in delivering tangible value and supporting our members needs through proactive project-based advocacy, interest-based labor relations, and strategic public policy advancement.

It is well known that our members perform a variety of underground utility and infrastructure projects throughout the region including the delivery of water, the removal of water (storm and sanitary sewers, for example) and many other related services with the various water agencies, water boards, public works departments, and others. Along with this, the ECAendeavors to be involved in helping to support projects as they move through the gauntlet of regulatory governance. 

Once such project is the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Plant that ECA’s newest Affiliate Member, Poseidon Water, has in late-stage development with state agencies and the Coastal Commission. The plant will be a 50-million gallon per day facility located adjacent to the AES Huntington Beach Power Station and is scheduled to be operational by 2023. 

The project will be 100% carbon-neutral and will provide Southern California with a drought-proof water supply that reduces the need to import water from Northern California. It will create an estimated 2000 jobs during construction, millions in new tax revenues for local cities, and protect, restore, and enhance valuable coastal habitat including saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands—the largest restored coastal wetlands complex in Southern California. 

Down in Carlsbad, the Bud E. Lewis Seawater Desalination Plant owned by Poseidon Water currently produces 50- million gallons of fresh drinking water every day—over 75-billion gallons since 2015—for San Diego County residents and businesses. It is producing and delivering into homes and businesses high-quality water at an affordable cost of less than one penny per gallon.

The project has been such a success story that while much of the state is in the “red” zone for drought, San Diego County rests comfortably in the “yellow” zone because of the access they have to this drought-proof, climate-resilient water supply.

Later in this issue you can read much more about the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Plant.

By Ray Baca Executive Director Email: [email protected]