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San Diego regional water news update: IPR special edition

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 27, 2010

Reaction on San Diego City Council’s approval of an advanced water treatment facility for its Water Purification Demonstration Project (IPR) on Tuesday, July 27, 2010.

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Council supports recycled sewage plant / Voice of San Diego“San Diego’s City Council voted 6-2 to award a $6.6 million contract to build a recycled sewage demonstration plant today, marking a legislative shift in favor of a new water supply that’s long been politicized and, at times, demonized.”

City Council approves $6 million contract for recycled wastewater project / KPBS“The demonstration project is a small-scale test of the technology used to treat wastewater to a level where it can safely be used to augment San Diego’s reservoirs. The results will be used to determine whether the city ultimately moves ahead with IPR and to secure the required health permits from the state.”

Council OKs recycled water demonstration project / La Jolla Light“There were no speakers from the public opposed to the demonstration project, which is backed by a coalition of environmental, business and community organizations.”

Council authorizes contract for water recycling project / 10News“The total cost of the demonstration project, which was first approved by the City Council in 2007, is $11.8 million. The funds will come from an already approved water rate hike.”

Toilet-to-tap of recycled water approved / San Diego 6 “The council voted 6-2 to authorize the three-year contract with Massachusetts-based Camp Dresser and McKee to design, build and run the Indirect Potable Reuse, or IPR, demonstration project.”

Contract for water plant OK’d / SignOnSanDiego“…nearly a dozen speakers representing groups ranging from the Sierra Club and Surfrider Foundation to the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the San Diego Building Industry Association came to show their support.”

City Council approves water recycling project / San Diego Source“Water reclamation has the potential to provide a safe, reliable, drought-proof and cost effective water supply in the region, and decrease sewage discharge into the ocean. If the project proves successful, it could reduce the region’s dependence on imported water from the Colorado River and San Joaquin Delta.”

We live in fear / San Diego Reader“On Tuesday, July 27, San Diego’s city council dove into the issue of “indirect potable reuse” and members debated whether to allocate $6.6 million to Camp Dresser McKee to design, install, procure, and operate a demonstration-scale advanced water purification facility at the North City Water Reclamation Plant near UTC.”

Council taps water purification project / Building Industry Association of San Diego“Several councilmembers stressed that while they voted for the project, it should not be construed as a vote for IPR but rather support for a fact finding process.”


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