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New water treatment plant to help during hot spells

San Diego County water officials broke ground Tuesday on a $158 million water treatment plant in San Marcos. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

San Diego County water officials broke ground Tuesday on a $158 million water treatment plant in San Marcos. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

The Twin Oaks Valley facility will be able to process up to $100 million of drinking water a day. San Diego County Water authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton says that'll be especially helpful during summer heat waves.

Right now, treated water comes from a Riverside plant. Stapleton says the demand outstrips supply during hot spells. She says the new plant will change that.

Stapleton: "This will ensure we have not only water reliability in terms of water supply, but that we can serve treated water to all of our businesses and residents through 20-20."

The treated water situation will continue to be a problem during the next two summers. The new treatment plant isn't scheduled to open until 2008.
Erik Anderson KPBS News