Global Water Farms, Inc. (GWF) is a clean technology start up, headquartered in La Quinta, CA. The company is working to help mitigate the freshwater access crisis by building and testing its patented desalination “Water Farm” system on a large scale. .
The company recently purchased 641 acres of miscellaneous use zoned land located in an Opportunity Zone in the extreme southeastern portion of Riverside County. The full acreage was purchased due to its proximity to various strategically important interests, such as the Coachella Canal and a segregated/perched brine aquifer, while also being remote and undeveloped. GWF ultimately envisions this property serving as the company’s primary Research and Development site and also as a commercial Water Farm, providing fresh water to support significant economic and environmental goals in the region. 1/3 of 1 acre (approximately .33 acres) of this 641-acre parcel will serve as the site of the GWF pilot.
Right now, GWF is working with experts within Riverside County Planning and Economic Development to understand and satisfy the permitting processes of Riverside County and the State of California. To facilitate the potential for an easier permitting process, GWF has purposefully designed its basic structure and system to be simple, safe and to minimize environmental impacts.
The building envelope contains four key components: an insulated recessed cement foundational heat tank, an insulated cooling tower, an equipment housing room, and solar trough collectors on the roof. All components except for the solar collectors are housed within a metal walled structure that sits on top of the foundational heat tank. When operational, the system will be capable of producing approximately ¼ of 1 acre-foot (af) – .25 af or 81,500 gallons – of distilled water per day, along with a small volume of dried salt cake.
Architectural and engineering drawings (blueprints) are at different stages of development, review and approval.