CARLSBAD, Calif. — The first year of construction on the Carlsbad Desalination Project, what will be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, is finished, according to a press release.

The $1 billion project, launched in late 2012, is more than 25 percent complete and on-schedule to begin producing water in 2016, the release reported.

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The project includes the plant itself, a large-diameter pipeline in North County and upgrades to San Diego County Water Authority facilities, noted the release.

“We are thrilled to see this project progressing so quickly and efficiently after more than 10 years of hard work of development to bring it construction,” stated Carlos Riva, CEO of Poseidon Water, the project developer. “We are well on our way to delivering enough high-quality drinking water to serve up to 112,000 households in San Diego County. We could not make this project possible without the help and support of the Water Authority, Kiewit Shea Desalination contractors, IDE Technologies, NRG Energy and the cities of San Marcos, Vista and Carlsbad. We sincerely appreciate the partnerships we have developed with all of these entities.”

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According to the release, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will account for one-third of all the water generated in San Diego County and help to reduce reliance on imported water.