The $3 billion “Pure Water San Diego” recycling program is officially underway. The goal of the Pure Water program is to recycle enough wastewater to produce one-third of San Diego’s water supply by 2035. This three-phase plan aims to produce 83 million gallons of drinking water per day-creating a local water supply that is not only independent but also drought-proof. (1)
The first phase of the Pure Water program will include: construction of the North City Pure Water Facility, the creation of new pipelines and pump stations, as well as runoff diversion from the aging wastewater treatment plant Point Loma that pipes into the ocean. (2) The second and third phases of Pure Water call for additional water facilities and pipelines to be built in other areas of the city. (1)
The Pure Water program is just one part of a larger plan called the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan. This plan aims to help create new jobs in the renewable energy industry, improve public health and air quality, conserve water, more efficiently use existing resources, increase clean energy production, improve quality of life and save taxpayer money. Read more about the Climate Action Plan here. (3)
- McAllister, Toni. Recycled Drinking Water for San Diego: City Approves Environmental Report. 10 4 2018. https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2018/04/10/recycled-drinking-water-for-san-diego-city-approves-environmental-report/. 27 4 2018.
- The City of San Diego. North City Water Reclamation Plant. n.d. https://www.sandiego.gov/mwwd/facilities/northcity. 27 4 2018.
- —. Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. n.d. https://www.sandiego.gov/mwwd/facilities/ptloma. 27 April 2018.
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