News Briefs: Oceanside to Operate First Potable Reuse Plant in San Diego County

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a water reuse law that will require Florida utilities to stop discharging treated wastewater into surface waters by 2032

Pure Water Oceanside is on track to be the first operating potable reuse project in San Diego County. The Secretary of the Interior will recommend a $1.7 million grant award for construction of the Pure Water Oceanside project. The funding will be awarded via the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Title XVI WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects funding opportunity.

Oceanside is one of 11 applicants being named in the federal appropriations process for this funding. Through the Title XVI program, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation provides grants to water districts and communities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and impaired ground and surface water in the Western United States. The funding may be used for the planning, design or construction of water recycling and reuse projects. 

Scheduled to be complete in 2022, Pure Water Oceanside will purify recycled water to create a new local source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof and environmentally sound. The project will provide more than 32% of the City of Oceanside’s water supply, or 3 to 5 mgd, and be the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County.

Florida Governor Signs Law Requiring Reuse Strategies

In related news, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed a new water reuse law that will require Florida utilities to stop discharging treated wastewater into surface waters by 2032.

Utilities also must submit a plan for eliminating “nonbeneficial surface water discharge” and instead reusing it.

New York Approves $47 Million for Water Quality Projects

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation has approved more than $47 million in financings for critical infrastructure projects across the state that protect or improve water quality.

The grants, interest-free loans and low-cost loans approved by the EFC Board of Directors will help 11 municipalities undertake their drinking water and wastewater projects with innovative financing solutions.

“It is more important than ever that we continue to invest in our water infrastructure and help ensure clean water for New York residents,” Cuomo says. “With this funding we are supporting environmentally friendly projects that will improve water quality and protect public health across this great state.”



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