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Water Reuse Study E-Update - July 2005

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The Water Reuse Study team has created this "E-Update" to bring you up-to-date on Study activities and provide news about the recycled water industry. Each issue will be posted on this website. We are sending e-mail announcements of new issues to persons who have expressed an interest in the Study. If you did not receive an e-mail announcement and would like to, please join our news group. If you did receive an announcement about this issue, you are automatically in the news group.

If you are new to the Water Reuse Study, the Study Overview will provide helpful background information. The Frequently Asked Questions section contains additional material that also may be of interest.

American Assembly workshop group endorses variety of reuse options

Participants at the City of San Diego Water Department’s second American Assembly style workshop endorsed a variety of ways to increase the use of recycled water in the City, including a process called reservoir augmentation.

A consensus statement was adopted by participants at the end of their three-day workshop held on July 11, 12 and 14, that gave strong support for indirect potable reuse of recycled water. This process would use recycled water that has undergone "advanced treatment" to supplement imported water and runoff in the city’s open water reservoirs. After blending with these other water sources for a period of time, the water would then be treated at a drinking water filtration plant and become part of the City’s drinking water (potable water) supply. The American Assembly II workshop statement can be found at http://www.sandiego.gov/water/waterreuse/waterreusestudy/involvement/index.shtml.

The workshop participants included a diverse group of thirty-five representatives of community groups, as well as professional, industrial and environmental organizations from throughout the city. The workshop attendees were selected by the Mayor, City Council, and organizations with an interest in how water supplies affect the environment, business and community at large.

Prior to the workshop, the participants were asked to review Study materials containing six water reuse strategies, which combined various options for using recycled water produced at the North City and South Bay Water Reclamation Plants. Information about cost and other information on each of these strategies was also included. Other proposed strategies included various combinations of irrigation and industrial uses, creating wetlands and using recycled water in varying amounts to supplement specific drinking water supply reservoirs.

With the completion of the second American Assembly workshop, the Water Reuse Study will be presented to the Public Utilities Advisory Commission before being considered by the City Council.

Water Reuse Study Educational Video

An educational video highlighting the Water Reuse Study will be completed in early August. This video will provide the public with important information about San Diego’s water supply needs, options for increasing the use of recycled water, and examples of other water reuse projects across the country. An animated sequence showing how "advance treated" recycled water is produced is included along with various viewpoints on recycled water and its importance as a locally-produced water source. The video will be used in various public involvement efforts for the Study, including presentations to community and civic groups.

WateReuse Association National Symposium in September

The WateReuse Association, the American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation will hold host the 20th Annual WateReuse Symposium in Denver, Colorado from September 18-21, 2005. The symposium will include seminars, guest speakers and panel discussions highlighting the latest information on water reuse technologies and issues. The discussion topics at the conference have also recently been expanded to include desalination. Water Reuse Study team members will be making presentations on various aspects of the Study at the symposium.

In the News

News Articles of Interest - a chronological compilation with links to articles, materials and information about recycled water and related topics. Recent additions include:

Be sure to visit these and other areas of our website

  • Speakers Bureau information - how to contact the Study team for a presentation, a list of completed presentations, and a downloadable flyer on the Speakers Bureau.

Previous E-Updates

June 2005 E-Update
May 2005 E-Update
April 2005 E-Update
March 2005 E-Update
February 2005 E-Update
January 2005 E-Update
December 2004 E-Update