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Come learn about IPR in San Diego at our Chapter Meeting 1/20.

January 08 2010 | Know Your H20,
by Belinda Smith

Join us for a lively discussion on water, how fresh water intersects with Surfrider's mission, and more info on our Know Your H2O awareness program. Marsi Steirer, Deputy Director of the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, will be there to talk about the Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) Demonstration Project. The City is undertaking the pilot project in the hopes of reducing our dependence on imported water and decreasing the treated wastewater that is offloaded in the ocean.

Visit ICarPool for carpools and check out www.sdcommute.com for public transport options.

The City of San Diego is working to develop local solutions for future water supply reliability. They include the City of San Diego’s:

Recycled Water Program –
• Two water reclamation plants
• These plants treat wastewater to a level that is approved for irrigation, manufacturing and other non-drinking, or non-potable purposes. The North City Plant has the capability to treat 30 million gallons a day and the South Bay Plant can treat 15 million gallons a day. Recycled water gives San Diego a dependable, year-round, locally controlled water resource.

Indirect Potable Reuse/Reservoir Augmentation Demonstration Project -
• Evaluate the feasibility of using advanced water treatment on recycled water.
• Provide a locally-controlled drought-proof supply of high quality water to over half the region’s residents
• Increase recycled water use in the region
• Provide a supply of water with a smaller environmental footprint (including lower carbon emissions) than imported or desalinated water


Recycled Water Study -
• Identify opportunities to increase recycling of wastewater for potable and non-potable uses
• Determine implementation costs
• Determine the extent recycling can off-load the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant
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