Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has announced the award of $115 million in incentives for two water recycling projects planned for San Diego County that will yield an estimated 5.2 billion gallons of recycled water annually.
During the board meeting earlier this week, Metropolitan’s Board of Directors voted to provide funding to the San Diego County Water Authority and its project partners for the East County Advanced Water Purification Project in Santee and the Escondido Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility.
The East County Advanced Water Purification Project is a collaboration among Padre Dam Municipal Water District, San Diego County, the city of El Cajon, and Helix Water District. Locally treated wastewater will be sent to Lake Jennings for subsequent distribution.
The Escondido Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility, owned and operated by the city of Escondido, will treat wastewater for agricultural irrigation.
These projects are projected to yield a combined 16,000 acre-feet per year.
Metropolitan’s Local Resources Program provides incentives for member and local agencies
to develop new local water supply projects to reduce demand on imported water and increase water
supply reliability throughout Southern California. Since the inception of the program in 1982,
Metropolitan has provided financial assistance for the production of over 1.2 trillion gallons of
recycled water and recovered groundwater.