The Global Water Farms pilot is coming to life. This year the company purchased 641 acres in southern California that will become the home of our full-scale working pilot project. The company worked with local realtors from the Hacienda Group, and hydrologic analysis by RCC Group, LLC. With the assistance of these companies we found what we were looking for, a remote site that sits atop a perched brine aquifer. When the land purchase closed we made a site trip to pick a location for the pilot. Our inspection yielded a couple of unknown gems. We discovered a level site adjacent to a local road that historically exists through a corner of our property, but the real surprise was the discovery of an existing well on the property. This large bore well contains exactly the type of water that we were expecting, it is very salty. Perfect for our needs. The water column starts at 125 feet and continues to at least 500 feet. We also have three phase power to the property, and it borders the Coachella Canal.
We have had the land surveyed by Van Surveying and the soils tested by Sladden Engineering. The area that we intend to build the pilot will support the structure, so we have given RMT Architects the go-a-head to complete drawings for Riverside County permitting. We expect that the drawing package should be ready very soon. While the company goes through the process for the permits, the job will receive final bids from two general contractor companies that serve the area. We expect to break ground as soon as the daily temperatures drop back below 100°F.
Our engineering efforts have been greatly enhanced by the addition of Dennis Hurvitz, PE. He has developed a new piece of our puzzle that I believe, will enhance our ability to deliver our target volumes in this test. We are also working with a team that will develop a practical molten salt BTU storage system. We will have more to share on these very important projects in our next letter.