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Water Purification Demonstration Project

Public Involvement

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During the Water Purification Demonstration Project, the purified water produced at the project’s pilot facility is returned to the recycled water distribution system. But if a full-scale water purification project with reservoir augmentation is approved for San Diego, the water produced would be sent to all districts and communities in the city. Because of the potential widespread impact, public participation is a vital component of the Water Purification Demonstration Project. See below for information on ways to be a part of this important project for San Diego’s future.


Advanced Water Purifcation Tour Since June 2011, the Advanced Water Purification (AWP) Facility has been open for tours to the public. Taking a tour is a great way to not only learn more about the project, but also to see the state-of-the-art water purification technology up close. Tours last about an hour and involve a presentation and a walking tour of the facility. You must register in advance.

Tour Registration

Tour Photos*

*The tour photos are posted on Facebook, but a Facebook account is not required to view the photos. Please disregard any login notifications if trying to access the site without an account.

Speaker Bureau Presentations

In addition to, or in place of, a tour, we also offer speakers bureau presentations. A member of our team will come talk to your organization about the very latest on the project and answer your questions. Presentations generally last 25-30 minutes.

To request a presentation for your group or organization, email or call (619) 533-6638.

Speakers Bureau Presentation Information (PDF)
Completed Speakers Bureau Presentations (PDF)

Community Events

Science Expo The Demonstration Project team is actively involved in the San Diego community, and we have participated in events in council districts throughout the city. See below for our upcoming events and a list of events we have participated in previously. Have an event you think we should get involved with?
Email us and let us know!

List of Past Events (PDF)


We are grateful for the support provided by members of the San Diego community. Click on the links below for testimonial video clips about the project and its impact.

The Science Behind the Water Purification Process

“We’re doing with technology what used to take years or decades to do in a matter of a few hours”—Lois Fong-Sakai, Civil and environmental engineering expert

The Benefits of the Water Purification Process

“When you look at the fact that we are at the end of the pipe, that we import almost all of our water, this is going to give us a new reliable local source of water that we just haven’t had before…” –Marco Gonzalez, Executive Director, Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation

Overcoming The Yuck Factor

“Consistently after people have learned more detail about how the [water purification] process works, they have come around to understanding and supporting the process” –Judy Swink, Citizens Coordinate for Century 3

Support for the Demonstration Project

“San Diegans should know that this project is supported by a broad coalition of people…” –Amy Harris, former Development Director of the San Diego Taxpayers Association

Social Media

Join in the conversation! The Demonstration Project has active pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube where we share project updates, water facts and tips, pertinent media stories and more. We welcome your feedback, questions and comments.

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Keep Me Informed

If you have any specific questions about the project or getting involved, contact us at or (619) 533-7572.