San Diego moves ahead with "sewer to tap" plan

May 12, 2017
City officials say within five years, the city will be getting drinking water from recycled sewage. 

SAN DIEGO, CA, MAY 11, 2017 -- The city of San Diego today announced that the Pure Water plan, which some have called "toilet to tap" will move forward, and that within five years, the city will be actively recycling sewage into drinking water.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the California Coastal Commission granted a request for the city to delay retrofitting an aging wastewater treatment plant for at least five more years if the city continues to pursue the Pure Water project.

Expected to break ground next year, Phase One of the project could produce 30 million gallons of water a day (mgd). Three facilities are planned at a cost of $3 billion in overall construction.

After the project is completed, the city should get a third of its drinking water from recycled sewage by 2035.

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