Drought Continues As San Diego Looks At Reusable Water
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Aired 3/25/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Halla Razak, Department Director of San Diego Public Utilities Department
Matt O'Malley, San Diego Coastkeeper
Shawn Dewane, Board President, Orange County Water District
San Diego is standing at a crossroads about what to do with its wastewater. That's the message a San Diego City Council committee will hear from the public utilities department this week. The test project to recycle waste water, once known as "toilet-to-tap," has been renamed Pure Water San Diego.
City water officials say the tests have been a success and now the project is ready to be fully developed as a new source of water for San Diego. It's also being presented as a less costly alternative to building a secondary sewage treatment facility at Point Loma. But whether the federal government will agree is an open question.
Orange County Water District has a successful system in place to treat wastewater for potable use. We'll find out how they got the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) up and running. It now provides 70 million gallons of clean drinking water daily.