SAN DIEGO — The International Desalination Association (IDA) announces that it has selected San Diego, Calif., as the site for its 2015 World Congress, according to a press release.

Dates for the show are Aug.29-Sept. 4, 2015, and the Congress will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.

This will be the first time since 1999 that the IDA World Congress will take place in North America, noted the release.

Southern California has a long and rich history in the development of desalination technology. Today, the region is home to numerous companies engaged in various aspects of the desalination industry as well as universities and research centers such as the UCLA Water Technology Research (WaTeR) Center.

In addition, the Carlsbad Desalination Project, when completed, will be one of the largest SWRO plants in North America, providing San Diego County with a locally-controlled, drought-proof supply of high quality water that meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards, stated the release.

“IDA has established a rigorous site selection process that includes visits to the bidding locations as well as evaluation according to a comprehensive set of criteria. Considerations include the availability of a venue with suitable size, layout, amenities and proximity to appropriate hotels; local support; good travel connections and customs/visa requirements; availability of plant tours and/or access to research centers; and regional interest in desalination,” said Patricia A. Burke, IDA Secretary General.

Read the entire press release here.