As site preparation begins for San Diego’s giant drinking water recycling facility in Miramar, Rep. Scott Peters and Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Tuesday celebrated passage of key enabling legislation in Congress.
The legislation passed in the House last week on a bipartisan 395-4 vote and now heads to the Senate in the waning days of the Trump administration. Peters said it has a good chance of final approval.
“Pure Water is all about planning for a sustainable future,” said Faulconer, noting that the plant — the largest public works project in San Diego’s history — is a “game changer” that will provide one-third of the city’s drinking water by 2035.
Peters said work on the plant dates back more than a decade, but initially faced skepticism as “toilet to tap” despite the fact that all “all water is recycled” in the environment. He said recycling wastewater for drinking instead of sending it to the Point Loma plant is better for the environment overall.
The city announced on Nov. 10 that a final legal challenge to the multi-billion-dollar plant had been settled and construction would proceed.
The Pure Water facility will ultimately produce 83 million gallons a day — almost twice the output of the desalination plant in Carlsbad.