The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has awarded the San Diego region $500,000 for three water supply technology projects.
The grant will fund projects by the San Diego County Water Authority, Padre Dam Municipal Water District and a collaboration by the City of San Diego and Olivenhain Municipal Water District to diversify water supplies.
The three projects are:
- New seawater intake screens at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. The screens are designed to minimize the amount of fish larvae that enter the water treatment process.
- New treatment technology at the East County Advanced Water Treatment Project.
- Brackish water optimization in the San Dieguito River watershed.
“These pioneering projects showcase our region’s ongoing commitment to developing locally controlled water supplies to sustain 3.3 million people and our $220 billion regional economy,” said Jim Madaffer, chair of the water authority’s board.
The grant is part of $3.5 million awarded across Southern California.