After that, San Diego made a collective vow: never again.
In 1996, the San Diego County Water Department reached a groundbreaking agreement to buy water from farmers in the Imperial Valley in the southeastern corner of California, marking the beginning of a water divorce in the region from Los Angeles.
Over the next 20 years, the agency will set a series of important points aimed at establishing more diverse water sources, more places to maintain it, and more ways to move it within the county. Worked on a costly infrastructure project at.
In 2010, authorities signed a contract to lay concrete on the Imperial Valley canals and recover the water saved by this process (about 26 billion gallons a year) to prevent water from penetrating the planet. Authorities completed the San Vicente Dam hike in 2014, adding capacity to the San Vicente Reservoir with the largest increase in water reserves in the county’s history.
Then, despite environmental concerns, there was a long, terrible pregnancy in the largest seawater desalination plant in the United States, which is now the envy of the desperate coastal community. Since 2015, millions of gallons of seawater have flowed daily into Carlsbad’s $ 1 billion facility, filtered to taste as if it came from an Evian bottle rather than the Pacific Ocean.
Water usage per capita has been cut in half over the last three decades by promoting restrictions and conservation throughout the county.
What are your next major tasks? Expand the so-called pure water program in the area, formerly nicknamed “Toilet to Water”. This is because the reclaimed water can be purified and made drinkable. Today, such programs are considered some of the most promising paths forward, not only in San Diego, but throughout the state. (The adjacent Orange County system is often quoted as the gold standard.)
San Diego has provided a roadmap to others who are currently competing for water, said Toni Atkins, acting president of the California Senate and formerly a member of the San Diego City Council. And she is proud of it.