The state Department of Water Resources issued $31.1 million in grants for 13 projects in the San Diego region, the County Water Authority announced Thursday.

Lake Hodges reservoir. Photo by Stu Smith

The projects will boost local supply, reduce demand, improve water quality, manage stormwater, restore habitat and enhance species, according to the SDCWA.

“These grants will help our region meet goals for water conservation and expanding drought-proof water supplies,” said Mark Stadler, the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management program manager. “Several of the projects will restore habitat along our streams, rivers and lakes.”

The largest of the funded projects:

  • $6 million to expand the Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s water reclamation plant.
  • $3.8 million to the SDCWA to retrofit a prison with water-efficient fixtures.
  • $3 million to the Rural Community Assistance Corp. to improve water quality in economically disadvantaged rural areas.
  • $2.9 million to the city of San Diego to improve water quality at Lake Hodges reservoir.
  • $2.9 million to San Diego Zoo Global to replace turf grass, upgrade a wastewater treatment plant and expand water conservation education efforts.
  • And $2.5 million to the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority for recycled water and low-impact development strategies to offset potable water demands, reduce urban runoff and implement water quality monitoring at the San Elijo Lagoon.

The U.S. Forest Service, city of Escondido, Sweetwater Authority, UC San Diego, Water Conservation Garden and Groundwork San Diego also received state funding. For more details, see the SDCWA release.

— City News Service

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