Padre Dam awarded $4.5M in federal funds to expand water recycling operations

July 20, 2016
Money to be used for water recycling expansion and construction of Advanced Water Purification Facility.
In 2015, Padre Dam opened the East County Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility. Federal funding will expand this facility. Courtesy: Padre Dam.

SANTEE, CA, JULY 20, 2016 -- Padre Dam Municipal Water District was awarded $4.5 million from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI program. Title XVI funding is available on a project-specific basis for the planning, design and construction of water recycling and reuse projects. Padre Dam will use the funding to expand the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility and begin construction of the East County Advanced Water Purification Facility.

"Our Advanced Water Purification Program could produce an additional 4,000 acre-feet of new potable water each year reducing East County’s dependence on imported water," said Allen Carlisle, CEO and General Manager of Padre Dam. "Additionally, it reduces East County’s need to send our wastewater over 20 miles to the Point Loma Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Facility and decrease discharges to the ocean."

Grant funding for the Advanced Water Purification Program, as of summer 2016, has reached $10.7 million. The State Water Resources Control Board awarded $6 million as part of Proposition 84 earlier this year, $200,000 was awarded from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for additional program testing and the most recent $4.5 million from the Title XVI U.S. Bureau of Reclamation funds.

In 2015, Padre Dam opened the East County Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility. The demonstration facility takes recycled water from the Ray Stoyer Water Reclamation Facility and treats it using four advanced water purification steps. The end product is water so clean that it is near-distilled in quality. Padre Dam partnered with Helix Water District, City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego to expand the water purification program to enhance water reliability for all of East County. At full scale, this project could produce up to 30 percent of potable water for East County.

About Padre Dam
Padre Dam provides water, sewer, recycled water and recreation services to approximately 100,000 residents in East San Diego County including Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. The District currently imports 100% of its drinking water supply and treats two million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at its Water Recycling Facility. Please visit for more information.