Oceanside City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

Federal officials said Thursday that they awarded Oceanside $2 million for a city project to reduce water waste, better locate leaks and upgrade municipal pipelines.

The city will receive the funds from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation after applying for the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant.

This is the third award Oceanside has received from the program for its Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project. The $2 million will be used to construct Phase III, the final stage of the project.

At its conclusion the system will be fully functional citywide and provide real-time information to customers about leaks, breaks and other unusual consumption patterns.

Oceanside received two other grants of $1.5 million each from bureau for Phases I and II.

“The city of Oceanside is proud of our efforts to improve water efficiency by providing enhanced customer service, real-time water-use data and (an increased) ability to identify leaks in our distribution system,” said Cari Dale, Oceanside’s water utilities director. “Advanced metering along with improved leak detection will continue Oceanside’s efforts to move to a proactive water-use management program.”

In addition to leak detection, the funding also will be used to implement pipe improvements.

The city will begin using satellite technology to identify leaks in the potable water distribution system and repair them. Oceanside currently relies heavily on visual observation and customer reporting to detect leaks.

“One of my top priorities in Congress is bringing federal funding back to our community to support important infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life for local residents,” said Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano. “As we confront water supply challenges in our region, the city of Oceanside’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure is critically important to bolster leak detection capabilities in its water distribution system and prevent water waste.”

The WaterSMART program provides water and energy efficiency grants to water districts and communities to modernize delivery infrastructure and increase hydropower generation.

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