Halla Razak, director of public utilities, with pure recycled water. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego is going farther than any city on Earth to save water with a high-tech program to produce one-third of its supplies via recycling.

You can taste the recycled water — which is of higher quality than Colorado River supplies — and tour the prototype plant at an open house Saturday in the University Town Center area.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North City Water Reclamation Plant at 4949 Eastgate Mall.

Halla Razak, the city’s director of public utilities, will be on hand to answer questions, and kids will be treated to snow cones and popcorn.

The Pure Water San Diego program, which has been featured in Scientific American magazine, will provide one-third of the city’s drinking water supply by 2035, making the city essentially drought-proof.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.