Pure Water: San Diego’s landmark water recycling project may face longer delays than expected


From San Diego Union Tribune’s David Garrick 2/23/2020: San Diego’s long-awaited Pure Water project, a sewage recycling system that would boost the city’s water independence, is facing legal challenges that could last longer and cost more than city officials previously anticipated. A dispute that emerged last year over the use of unionized construction workers to build the project became more complex last fall when state lawmakers tried to solve the problem by intervening.

Excerpts include:

  • City officials say they are doing everything possible to minimize delays by making thorough preparations for whatever legal outcome the city ends up facing.
  • City officials have also continued work securing state and federal contributions to the project. And they are scheduled in April to seek approval from the Regional Water Quality Control Board to store recycled water in the Miramar Reservoir.
  • The city also is facing separate litigation from a group of University City homeowners over Pure Water and its pipelines, which would travel through the area. That litigation is close to being settled.
  • Meanwhile, attorneys for the city say they can’t comment on the litigation because it involves the state and contractors who use nonunion workers, the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

To read the entire article from David Garrick, San Diego Union Tribune, visit https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/san-diego/story/2020-02-23/san-diegos-landmark-water-recycling-project-may-face-longer-delays-than-expecteddispute-over-union-workers-may-delay

For related posts from University City News (UCCA), visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/?s=pure+water


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