San Diego’s recycled water project is facing roadblocks at a crucial time, partly thanks to an unusual problem: the city is running short on sewage.
By Ry Rivard.San Diego’s recycled water project is facing roadblocks at a crucial time, partly thanks to an unusual problem: the city is running short on sewage.
San Diego is aiming to make reused sewer water drinkable andwidespread within a matter of years. The project is branded Pure Water.
The city operates an outdated sewage treatment plant at Point Loma. For years, the city has avoided spending $2 billion to upgrade the plant by promising to build Pure Water.
Within a matter of weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue a tentative waiver that will allow the city to avoid upgrading Point Loma for another five years, on the condition that Pure Water is still on track to begin construction in the next few years.
And on Tuesday, the San Diego City Council will be asked to approve millions of dollars in contacts with engineering firms to begin the next step of design work for Pure Water.