Chris Stiedemann of Poseidon Water looks over the giant filers that remove microscopic impurities from the seawater. Photo by Chris Jennewein

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.

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Chris Jennewein

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