Costs for Pure Water Project Are Rising – by Billions

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It’s hard to pin down how many billions of dollars the city is planning to spend on a new water recycling system, but it’s clear costs are rising – by billions of dollars.

Back in 2015, the city of San Diego expected it would get about a third of its drinking water from recycled sewage within 20 years and could do so for about $3 billion in construction costs.

Now, the city is looking to spend no less than $4.8 billion and perhaps as much as $9 billion on the project, according to city financial documents, including previously undisclosed internal estimates from the Public Utilities Department.

The project, known as Pure Water, is almost certain to be the most expensive public works project the city has ever undertaken.

Pure Water is happening in two different phrases. The first one, which is underway, is expected to cost about $1.5 billion, according to publicly available city financial…

Original published: 2019-02-12 12:00:30 Read the full San Diego News here


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