Pure Water San Diego
Pure Water San Diego is the City’s 20-year program to provide a safe, secure and sustainable local drinking water supply for San Diego. Recycled water will be turned into drinkable water through the use of water purification technology.
The program will make San Diego more water independent and more resilient against drought, climate change and natural disasters.
Pure Water San Diego (PDF) program components include determining an implementation plan for water purification facilities, devising a financial plan, using grant funds to research additional treatment barriers for a potential direct potable reuse project, securing a permit renewal for Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, regulation and legislation development, and an education and outreach program.
The use of water purification technology could account for up to one third of San Diego’s future water supply. An initial 15-million gallon per day purification facility is planned to be in operation by 2023. The long term goal, producing 83 million gallons of purified water per day, is planned to be reached by 2035.
A water reuse study (2004-2006) identified water purification via reservoir augmentation as the preferred water reuse strategy for San Diego.
A recycled water study (PDF) (2009-2012) developed and presented water reuse alternatives for San Diego's future.
A demonstration project (2009-2013) confirmed the City can produce purified water that meets all federal and state drinking water standards.Additional information about Pure Water San Diego is available on this website. For further information or inquiries about the program, please call (619) 533-7572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.