Intake Works LLC Links Up With The HDD Company Inc to Supply Trenchless Under-the-Sea Intakes for California's Drought Relief

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To encourage natural filtering, Intake Works LLC uses Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) from shore and proprietary methods to insert a micro-porous intakes below the seafloor which leads to lower costs, smaller footprint and lower energy usage. New California Regulations favor under-the-sea intake systems.

Intake Works LLC and The HDD Company Inc. collaborate to market subsea intakes for seawater desalination projects along the California coast and elsewhere.

Announced at the International Desalination Association World Congress in San Diego, the partnership markets under the Intake Works brand and strive to meet the global needs for low-turbid, clean water for desalination plants that does not interfere with the marine ecosystem. The technique exploits the advantages of trenchless expertise honed over 20 years of drilling and operational experience.

Neil Swope, President of The HDD Company stated, ”The HDD Company is pleased to be engage with Intake Works LLC on developing subsea intakes along the West Coast”. He added, “Don’t forget that Horizontal Directional Drilling is all we do, every day”. With almost 100 years of experience in the senior management team and in excess of 1000 bores, The HDD Co. is recognized as world-class experts in ocean outfalls and shore approaches.

Building on the Intake Works’ knowledge of the market, the team anticipates an active fourth quarter of this year and has projects in the pipeline for the next two year.

About The HDD Company Inc.

Founded in 1998 by Neil Swope, The HDD Company Inc. was acquired by The Crossing Company (Canada) ( in 2009 and operates 27 HDD rigs in western North America. The HDD Company has installed pipelines and utilities for ocean outfalls, under rivers, ship channels, creeks, wetlands, buildings and highways. Every bore that The HDD Company has ever attempted has been successfully completed.

About Intake Works LLC

Intake Works LLC ( is the leading developer of ‘under-the-sea’ intakes for desalination. The company provides low turbid clean water for desalination plants that does not interfere with the marine ecosystem. The company utilizes horizontal directional drilling techniques from shore and proprietary methods to insert micro-porous intakes below the seafloor. Located in Sacramento, California, the company was founded by oceanographer Dr. Anthony T. Jones. Intake Works builds on the success of operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

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