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SCSC is a nonprofit association of Southern California water resources management agencies. Formed in 2000, SCSC focuses on research, advocacy, and outreach to mitigate the destructive effects of salinity on water systems.

Salt is a natural element found in soil and water, but human practices have dramatically increased salinity in soil and water. Salty water damages the environment and municipal water systems. Salt degrades water quality, limits the way water can be used, and interferes with the operations of water and wastewater treatment plants.


SCSC funds research projects that address the need to control salinity in water sources and to reduce salinity in drinking water, wastewater, and recycled water. We are interested in:

  • Controlling sources of salinity.

  • Managing wastewater concentrate.

  • Finding innovative treatment technologies.

  • Planning for salinity management.

  • Doing public outreach.

  • Developing salinity regulatory policy.

  • Resolving salinity policy conflicts.

SCSC coordinates salinity management strategies and programs, including research projects, with water and wastewater agencies throughout Southern California. Our objectives are to:

  • Establish programs that remove salt from water supplies.

  • Preserve, sustain, and enhance the quality of source water.

  • Support economic development.

  • Reach out to the public to explain salinity issues.

Critical salinity-related issues we are working on include:

  • Desalination

  • Groundwater basin cleanup

  • Brine disposal

  • Wastewater management

  • Watershed and basin planning

  • Water supply sustainability

  • Research and development

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