Morning Report: San Diego’s Big Recycled Water Project Is Getting More Expensive

A rendering of the Pure Water plant / Image courtesy of the city of San Diego

A new water recycling system is on its way to becoming the most expensive public works project San Diego has ever undertaken.

Pure Water, as it’s called, could provide a third of the city’s drinking water within 20 years — while also reducing the amount of treated sewage the city dumps into the ocean.

But that project, estimated in 2015 to cost some $3 billion, could now have a price tag of no less than $4.8 billion and potentially as much as $9 billion, Ry Rivard reports, based on previously undisclosed internal estimates from the Public Utilities Department.

The first phase of the project, which is expected to produce about 30 million gallons of drinkable water each day, is underway now and could be done by 2024. Estimates for the second phase of the project, though, now range from $3.4 billion to $7.4 billion.

While the cost to the city of…

Original published: 2019-02-12 12:30:55 Read the full San Diego News here


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