The plant, which was built in the 1990s and reactivated to start operating last year, converts seawater to potable water for city customers.

After a year of operation, Santa Barbara’s reactivated Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant is being opened to the public for tours of the facility and city officials celebrated the plant during a brief event Wednesday.

A handful of elected officials and city staff visited the facility at 521 E. Yanonali St. to observe the process of turning seawater into potable water, and get-up close views of the plant’s technology.

Members of the City Council and Water Commission also sampled the water produced by the plant.