New team of mission-critical employees relieves original 10-person crew, begins 21-day lock-in at critical water facility for operational continuity

CARLSBAD, Calif., April 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide Stay at Home order continue, a second team of 10 mission-critical operations and maintenance employees has voluntarily locked in at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to ensure uninterrupted production and delivery of safe and reliable water for San Diego County.

“When we initially planned for the first lock-in team, we knew it was very possible that the situation would not be resolved in 21 days,” said Gilad Cohen, CEO of plant operator IDE Americas Inc. “Thanks to careful planning and staff cooperation, we were able to relieve the first team of shelter in place