Faulconer Releases Statement on Drought Meeting with Governor Brown

San Diego - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and other California mayors met with Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss the ongoing statewide drought and released the following statement:

"We had a positive meeting today with Gov. Brown on how best to tackle a statewide drought that is in its fourth year with no signs of stopping," Mayor Faulconer said. "The governor said he would speed up the approval process for projects that increase local water supplies. That's great news for San Diego as we begin work on the largest water recycling program in the state and create our own independent, drought-resistant water supply."

Mayor Faulconer made two requests of the governor:

  • The state's assistance in expedited permitting and funding for San Diego's Pure Water program. Once fully operational, this innovative and ambitious water recycling project would provide 83 million gallons of water every day by 2035 - equal to one-third of the city's entire water supply
  • A fair conservation mandate from the State Water Board that protects San Diego's economy and acknowledges the City's longstanding commitment to conservation and ongoing investment in new water supplies. The Board is expected to finalize San Diego's conservation level at its May 5-6 meeting.

The mayor's face-to-face meeting with Gov. Brown follows up on an April 22 letter the City sent to the State Water Board that details those requests.

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