Wednesday, March 11th 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Drought, population growth, salinity, water wars: there’s plenty of scary water news these days.
Two speakers, from the City and the County, will update us on changes in the local water scene.
We’ll hear about Pure Water San Diego, the City of San Diego’s 20-year program to provide a safe, reliable and drought-proof drinking water supply for San Diego. Proven water purification technology will be used to produce one-third of San Diego’s drinking water supply by 2035. We’ll learn about local water sources and challenges and hear the results of the City’s Water Purification Demonstration Project and the future plans for full-scale water purification facilities. The Carlsbad Desalination Project, which is already two-thirds complete will be discussed. It includes the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, a 10-mile large-diameter pipeline, and improvements to enable distributing desalinated water throughout San Diego County.
The $1 billion project may be producing drinking water for the San Diego region as soon as this fall, providing a major new drought-proof water supply that will meet about 7 percent of the county’s water demands in 2020. An engineer from the County Water Authority will teach us about the plant, the desalination process, and the Water Authority’s diversification efforts in the face of a severe drought. Bring your questions for both of our speakers.