A central obstacle for a proposed desalination plant near Doheny State Beach has been reluctance of south county water districts to get involved as partners.

But an extensive analysis of financial projections presented over four hours on Thursday, Sept. 2 — and approval of an information campaign to explain the costs to those districts — has given the project sponsor, the small South Coast Water District, hope that it can soon firm up those partnerships.

“I think in the next few months, we’re going to have a sense for whether this is a partnership-type project or it’s go-it-alone,” said South Coast Chairman Rick Erkeneff at the online event.