Salinity Management Guide
National Water Research Institute
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Multi-State Salinity Coalition


"Salinity Management Study Update Workshop" Report

The "Salinity Management Study Update Workshop" report summarizes the workshop held by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and SCSC on June 1, 2012. The report includes results from the pre-workshop survey, summary of the working group discussions, and key recommendations in addresssing salinity management challenges and issues. Click here to download the 84-page report (2MB file).


Presentations from the Salinity Management Study Update Workshop (June 1, 2012)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and SCSC held a workshop on June 1, 2012, to facilitate and inform an update of the 1999 Salinity Management Study.  Presentations and background material from the workshop are now available. Click here for more information about the workshop.


Watch a Brief (5 min.) Video on Salinity Issues in Southern California

Click on the video below to learn more about salinity issues and SCSC.



Final Project Report on "Automatic Water Softener Rebate Program-Phase II: Public Outreach Program" (2010)

This report describes details efforts taken by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District of Los Angeles County to develop and implement a successful residential automatic water softener rebate and outreach program.  Included in the report are activities and lessons learned from the outreach process, as well as how these lessons continue to direct outreach efforts in the community.

Click here to download the 107-page report (7 MB file).


Final Project Report on "Desalination Recovery Enhancement and Concentrate Management Study – Phase II" (2010)

This report describes the outcomes of Phase II of a pilot project aimed at reducing brine volumes discharged to the Santa Ana Regional Interceptor (SARI) from local desalters. The project incorporated testing of chemical softening, followed by secondary reverse osmosis (RO) and electrodialysis reversal (EDR) to reduce brine volume and produce additional potable water.

For Phase II, lessons learned were incorporated into the design and operation of a more robust system that would allow for longer uninterrupted RO and EDR operation. In addition, a major goal included the testing and analysis of lime softening sludge, as well as evaluating sludge dewatering and disposal options.

Click here to download the 154-page report (6 MB file).


Proposed Guidelines for Salinity/Nutrient Management Planning in the San Diego Region (2010)

SCSC and the San Diego County Water Authority have developed “Proposed Guidelines for Salinity/Nutrient Management Planning in the San Diego Region,” which provide a standardized approach and framework for developing salinity/nutrient management plans.  These guidelines were endorsed by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region in November 2010. 

The guidelines include sections on constituents of concern, aquifer characterization, proposed planning approach and priorities, and salinity management tasks. To download the 102-page guidelines, please click here


Reports Available for Southern California Regional Brine-Concentrate Management Study-Phase I

The following reports based off of the Southern California Regional Brine-Concentrate Management Study-Phase 1 are now available at the Bureau of Reclamation’s website:

  • Executive Summary of the Southern California Regional Brine-Concentrate Management Study-Phase I
  • Survey of Brine-Concentrate Landscape Report
  • Identification of Regulatory Issues and Trends Report
  • Review of Secondary and Emerging Constituents Report
  • Identification of Institutional Issues Report
  • Evaluation of Brine-Concentrate and Disposal Options Report
  • Identification of Brine-Concentrate Pilot/Demonstrative Projects Report

The reports are available for download at


Summary from the Oct. 2009 Salinity Management Plan Implementation Workshop, San Diego Region - Available to Download

A 27-page summary of the “Salinity Management Plan Implementation Workshop” held on October 6, 2009, in  San Diego, CA, which discussed salinity management issues within the San Diego Region, is now available to download.  The summary includes a workshop overview, discussion of presentations, stakeholder input, and next steps. 

Major issues addressed in the summary include: developing salt and nutrient management plans, basin plan water quality standards, developing new water supplies, and motivation for participating. To access the summary, please click here.

Sponsors of the workshop included San Diego County Water Authority; Regional Water Quality Board, San Diego Region; and SCSC. 


Fact SheetSCSC Salinity Fact Sheet - Available to Download

In August 2009, SCSC developed a Salinity Fact Sheet on “Salinity and Water Softeners” to help inform the discussion around Assembly Bill 1366, which is intended to restrict the use of self-regenerating water softeners to help control salinity in our water supplies.

The 2-page SCSC Face Sheet provides information on what is salinity, the impacts of salinity, how salinity inhibits water recycling, how water softeners increase salinity, and possible options in changing or eliminating the use of residential self-regenerating water softeners. 

To view or download the Salinity Fact Sheet, please click here.


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Summary from the San Diego Region Salinity Seminar - Available to Download

Salinity management is a major water challenge for Southern California and the Southwest. Without appropriate salinity management efforts, increasing salinity levels will significantly impact our communities.

The Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) held a “Salinity Seminar” on June 18, 2008, in San Diego, California, to raise awareness and engage water and wastewater agencies and stakeholders on salinity issues in the San Diego region.

The 28-page summary from the San Diego Region Salinity Seminar is now available. To view or download the Salinity Seminar Presentations - click here.


salt guide coverSalinity Management Guide Is Available Online or as a CD-ROM

Now available are complimentary copies of the Salinity Management Guide, a new tool showing how recycled water can be safely used for landscape irrigation and that salinity can be addressed through proper management strategies.

Developed for landscape designers, park managers and others, seeking to irrigate a landscape with recycled water or other water of elevated salinity, the Salinity Management Guide covers topics that include: salinity and related concepts, designing and redesigning landscapes, and how to solve problems related to plants, water or soil.

To view the interactive Guide on the web, click here.  To receive a complimentary Salinity Management Guide CD-ROM, please email Tammy.