“This project is incredible.”
This is a resounding endorsement from a spokesman for the US Environmental Protection Agency, which has just provided a low-interest loan of $ 388 million. Eastern District Advanced Water Treatment Program… The program will use this money to build a permanent and much larger version of its purification system near Santi Lakes.
“[The system] will create a new local water supply for the Eastern District at a price comparable to imported, comparable or lower, and we hope to get to that lower point, ”said Padre Dam CEO Allen Carlisle.
Carlisle said that when the system is completed in 2025, it will convert more than 11 million gallons of recycled water from purple pipes to clean drinking water every day. He said that this is about 30% of the drinking water in the Eastern District.
Right now, waterways like Padre Dam, Helix and El Cajon are paying to import most of their water.
“Our water comes from the Colorado River 200 miles away,” Carlisle said. “600 miles from the Bay Delta.”
“What is happening here in San Diego is truly a role model for the nation. At the EPA, we believe it is really important to invest in local water supplies, ”said Radika Fox, EPA’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Resources.
Fox said the low-interest loan would ultimately save the program $ 130 million in construction costs. The $ 388 million loan is the EPA’s largest loan in the Eastern District of San Diego.
“And this project couldn’t be better given the drought,” she said.
“We are facing a severe drought and it will continue. The question is not whether another drought awaits us. When? “- added Carlisle.
He said California’s latest snow cover is 0% of what it should be at this time of year. Carlisle said this highlights the importance of locally produced drinking water.