San Diego Metro Wastewater Outreach, the winner of the 2014 CWEA Public Education (Small Budget) category was recently featured in TPO (Treatment Plant Operator) Magazine for their efforts in implementing the Pure Water San Diego program, which when complete will divert some 100 mgd from the Point Loma Wastewater Plant to three future water purification facilities. Those plants will treat the water with membrane filtration, reverse osmosis and UV disinfection/advanced oxidation before delivery to existing reservoirs.
In November 2014, backed by the findings of the outreach program, the City Council unanimously voted to advance the Pure Water San Diego program. The program has support from several environmental groups, city officials and community leaders, many of whom recently served as members of the Pure Water Working Group behind the Water Purification Demonstration Project.
The immediate goal is the construction of a full-scale purification facility that will process 15 mgd by 2023. By 2035, if all goes as planned, nearly 30 percent of San Diego’s water (83 mgd) will come from local sources or treated wastewater.