Sunshine we have into the water we need.

SolRio is a nonprofit organization with a mission to mitigate drought through solar-powered desalination

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Our vision embraces regional scale, solar-powered desalination to provide the water we need for continued ecological, social and economic vitality. Come explore how we can protect our fish, our farms, our families and our future from drought and climate change. Join our effort to secure a sound, environmentally balanced, secure future for everyone in America’s Southwest.


Water from the ocean

We start with desalinating ocean water through reverse osmosis, using an existing desalination facility located on the California coast.

Energy from the sun

Unlike other desalination operations, SolRio’s desalination process is powered by the sun, reducing our footprint and our dependence on fossil fuels.

Clean drinking water

The result is new, clean, fresh drinking water that can be delivered to the utilities and irrigation districts though out the Southwest.

Blog Articles

Learn more about the SolRio project

Water Deeply: How Desalination Plants Are Trying to Overcome Environmental Concerns

Stakeholders are exploring different options to reduce the much-debated environmental impacts of desalination to make it a more attractive option...


Water Deeply: Southern California Eyes Desalinated Water From Mexico

In an effort to diversify supply, a proposed desalination plant in Mexico could soon send potable water to some areas...

National Georaphic: As Groundwater Dwindles, a Global Food Shock Looms

By mid-century, says a new study, some of the biggest grain-producing regions could run dry. By Cheryl Katz PUBLISHED DECEMBER 22, 2016...


LA Times: A $1-billion desalination plant might be coming to Huntington Beach

By Bettina Boxell, December 16, 2016 Poseidon Water hopes to help quench Orange County’s thirst, but first the company’s proposed desalination project must...

Water Desalination + Reuse: SolRio Proposes Solar Desal for Old Nuclear Power Site

14 December 2016, source SolRio, a US non-profit that supports solar-powered desalination, has proposed turning the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear...

San Clemente Times: Nonprofit Proposes to Convert SONGS into Desalination Plant

By Eric Heinz Officials from the nonprofit SolRio Organization for Climate Change Mitigation, Inc. are proposing to turn San Onofre...


LA Times: A tour of California’s water supply lays bare the tension between farmers and fish

By Robin Abcarian August 12, 2016 The offer was too tempting to refuse: Westlands Water District, the ethically challenged agency that often...

China’s Switch from Coal Threatens Exporters

China’s Switch from Coal Threatens Exporters

By Alex Kirby Coal consumption in China may be cut much faster than observers expect, leaving the mining sector −...