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Equinox Center releases new report on IPR water for San Diego; City Council approves new IPR facility

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 27, 2010

Just in time for the San Diego City Council’s approval of a contract to build an advanced water treatment plant to be used in its Water Purification Demonstration Project, the Equinox Center has issued a new report highlighting the importance of IPR for San Diego. A copy of the report appears below.

Marsi Steirer, Deputy Director of the San Diego Water Department, said that the new facility will be open to the public with tours available, perhaps as soon as April of 2011. The Council voted 6-2 in favor of the facility, with Lightner and DeMaio opposed. Inexplicably, Lightner said one reason for her vote was that San Diego needs a “comprehensive sustainable water policy for the future.” She also said she was reluctant to support the facility because the city’s purple pipe recycling infrastructure had been “abandoned.” DeMaio, meanwhile, had slipped out of the meeting during discussion but reappeared in time to vote against it.

As for the Equinox Center report, it’s part of a new series on San Diego County’s critical water supply issues. The report documents how purified recycled water via the IPR process is a viable method of bolstering a diversified water supply for San Diego. The study is reprinted here with permission.


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