The City of Torrance is expanding a special partnership that will help alleviate drought impacts.

City leaders and representatives from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California came together to announce the expansion and upgrade of the Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter.

The expansion will increase capacity of the existing facility and construct two new saline plume groundwater extraction wells to provide extra water supply. Located on Madrona Avenue in Torrance, the project will increase productivity by 5 million gallons per day compared to the current treatment of 2.5 million gallons.

The desalter removes salt from a mixture of river and sea water bodies to create fresh, potable water. This desalination process helps local public agencies meet long-term water supply needs, protect water quality, and restore environmental conditions. The project also reduces the City of Torrance’s reliance on imported water by creating a new local water source in Southern California.