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Public Utilities

Creating a Water Wise City

aerial of San Vicente Dam and ReservoirWater is a precious resource, and we must work to safeguard our limited water supply. With a changing climate and lingering droughts, we all need to reduce the amount of water we use, rethink the planning and design of our environment, increase our ability to recapture water and recycle and reuse the water we receive.

The City of San Diego has taken steps to become more resilient to climate change, including developing a drought-resistant water source, increasing our water supply and reducing water use at its facilities.

Together we can make San Diego a water-wise city.

Pure Watersix large blue pipes connected to the City's Pure Water Demonstration Facility

Pure Water San Diego is the City's phased, multi-year program that will provide nearly half of San Diego's water supply locally by the end of 2035.

Water Supply

An adequate and reliable water supply is vital for the future of San Diego. The Public Utilities Department is actively pursuing ways to increase our water supplies and our options.

Climate Action Planexterior of facade of City's Chollas building

As part of its Climate Action Plan and sustainability pledge, the City is committed to addressing water waste and improving water use efficiency through equipment upgrades, operational changes and data collection.

LEED Certification

All new City facilities meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification, including water conservation and water use efficiency.