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San Diego’s IPR Coalition to change name; City continues neighborhood outreach

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 2, 2010

The San Diego Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) Coalition today decided on a name change. The new name is: Water Reliability Coalition (WR Coalition). An accompanying tagline for the WR Coalition will be: “Advocating for local water purification.”

The WR Coalition (or WRC) is an association of environmental, consumer, business, labor, development, ratepayer, and technical organizations allied in support of IPR projects in the San Diego region.

The group’s decision to change name was partly motivated by the City of San Diego’s IPR project name change to Water Purification Demonstration Project (the old name was Indirect Potable Reuse Reservoir Augmentation Demonstration Project).

The Coalition wanted to have a name that was consistent with the city’s new project name, but also wanted the name to be a good umbrella term allowing for inclusion of water topics other than IPR that the group considers important.

The Coalition also made a decision to roll out a website and selected a local firm (which I can’t name yet) to handle design and development. In the meanwhile, I have this page with additional information.

In related news, two representatives from the San Diego Public Utilities Department gave a presentation on the Water Purification Project yesterday at the San Carlos Area Council. Eric Symons, Supervising Public Information Officer, and Alma Rife, Public Information Officer used Powerpoint slides to illustrate their talk.

The audience seemed quite well-informed already and was mostly receptive. As for the presentation, my impression was that the presenters were a little tentative and defensive in the presentation. I suspect this may be partly because they are officially barred from advocating IPR in the presentation, allowed only to do educational outreach. In any case, I suspect they were probably pleasantly surprised when an audience member said “So what are we waiting for? Why aren’t we already doing this?”

I did grimace at one point in the presentation when reverse osmosis was listed as one stage of the advanced treatment. In the verbal presentation and on the slide it was highlighted that the RO process is used by bottled water manufacturers. The implication being that IPR is as good as bottled water. I’m not sure we should hold bottled water up as a standard for IPR to strive for.

The new name for the project did generate some confusion for audience members. Why do we need a water purification project, they asked, when we’re assured our water is already safe and pure to drink? So the presentation had to stall in order to explain the name.

I’m curious how they came up with that name anyway. I recall someone mentioning other terms like “purified recycled water project” or “repurified water project” both of which I think would be a little less confusing than “water purification demonstration project.”

In the end, though, regardless of the name for the project it will require further explanation. There’s just too much behind the concept to capture the whole idea in a simple two or three word term.

I was glad to hear the presenters mention Las Vegas using IPR. I think San Diego can learn a lot from the full-scale IPR operation in Las Vegas and hope to write more about it in the future. You’ll note my first installment on that front appeared on today’s blog post From Lake Mead to Las Vegas and back again.


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San Diego IPR Coalition sends message to City Council in support of water reuse project continuation

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 24, 2010

This is a letter sent to the San Diego City Council in support of an advanced water treatment plant needed for the Water Purification Demonstration Project approved years ago but threatened by Councilmembers who would like to see the project killed. A vote on the plant is scheduled for the July 27, 2010 meeting of the San Diego City Council.

The Indirect Potable Reuse Coalition (IPR Coalition) was formed in late 2009 to perform public outreach and advocacy for the Indirect Potable Reuse process (to purify reclaimed water) as a component of San Diego’s drinking water supply.


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