Pure Water San Diego North City Projects Underway
San Diego relies on importing 85 percent of its water from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. With limited local control over its water supply, the City of San Diego is vulnerable to rising imported water costs from our wholesalers, recurring droughts, climate change and natural disasters.
To address these vulnerabilities and properly plan for the future, the City of San Diego is moving forward with Pure Water San Diego, a phased, multi-year program that will provide one-third of San Diego’s water supply locally by 2035. The program uses proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. Over the next 20 years, multiple Pure Water Facilities will be constructed throughout San Diego.
The first phase of the Pure Water Program is underway and includes the design and construction of the North City Pure Water Facility across the street from the North City Water Reclamation Plant. This facility will produce 30 million gallons per day of purified water.
To transport the purified water from the North City Facility to Miramar Reservoir, a pump station and pipeline will be constructed. The route of the eight-mile pipeline will start just north of the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant on Eastgate Mall, follow Miramar Road, and continue through Scripps Ranch to the Miramar Reservoir. There the purified water will be blended with imported and local water sources and treated again at the Miramar Drinking Water Treatment Plant before going to homes and businesses.
Currently, the design of the North City Pure Water Pump Station and Pipeline is 30 percent completed, and is anticipated to be fully designed by 2018. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, and completed and operational by 2021.
The public is invited to Pure Water Day, a free open house event at the North City Water Reclamation Plant on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to learn more about the North City projects and water purification process, as well as to tour the demonstration Pure Water Facility and taste the water.
At full build-out, Pure Water San Diego will produce 83 million gallons of purified water per day and will be part of the water supply for all communities in San Diego. Please visit www.purewatersd.org for more information.