Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant Site Tour


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

525 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

About the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant

The City's Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant uses state-of-the-art technology and design practices to reduce electrical demand and environmental impacts, while providing a critical water supply for the City. The plant produces three million gallons of drinking water per day. This is equivalent to 3,125 acre-feet of water annually or about 30 percent of the City’s demand. The desalination plant is an important part of the City’s water supply portfolio which also includes surface water from Cachuma and Gibraltar reservoirs, groundwater, State water, purchased water, recycled water, and conservation. Learn more about the Plant here.

Site Tour Details

Tour:  Participants will engage in a guided walking tour of the Desalination Plant. During the tour, participants will learn about the process of turning sea water into high quality drinking water, including the plant's industry-leading technology, significant energy saving techniques, and the plant's role in securing Santa Barbara's water future. The tour will last approximately one hour. Participants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes before their registered tour time of 8:00 AM.

Waiver: All attendees are required to fill out a liability waiver. To speed up the check-in process, you can print and sign your waiver in advance.

Meeting Location:  Participants are to meet in the main lobby of the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort at 7:30 AM. Participants will depart from the hotel and walk to the Plant as a group.

To bring:  Photo identification (such as a driver’s license). All tour guests must wear closed toe shoes and we recommend brining a reusable water bottle for sampling the water.

Transportation:  Transportation to the Desalination Plant will not be provided. The Desalination Plant is a 10-minute walk from the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Hotel.

Parking:  Limited on street parking is available. The closest City parking lots are located on the corner of Garden and Cabrillo, these parking lots are a 10-minute walk from the facility.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Secure your spot by emailing