Design Negligence Leads to Costly Settlement for Desalination Plant

An $8 mm settlement was reached on a claim involving the design, engineering and testing of the reverse osmosis and pre-treatment systems for a desalination plant. Several claims were filed involving the failure of the dual sand filtration system and improper feasibility assessments. Claimant asserted negligence in design, architectural and engineering services, including the design of the intake structures and related pipelines connecting the intake structures of the pre-treatment system of the facility. The claimant contended that the system’s dual sand filters could not remove particulates, resulting in an inability to meet pre-treatment effluent standards. According to the claimant, the system requires greater maintenance and has a decreased useful life span.
This is a claim scenario developed from a single claim or several claims and has been developed for illustrative purposes only.

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