Recycled Wastewater — Drink it Up

Science/Environment UNVEILING THE UNSEEN

VOSD Podcast: The Changing Tides of Recycled Wastewater

The city’s Pure Water program could deliver twice as much drinkable recycled wastewater then thought, and two years sooner. VOSD reporter Ry Rivard joins us on the show this week to talk about San Diego’s water future.

This week we learned the city’s Pure Water program, which intends to make wastewater drinkable, is expected to start producing 30 million gallons a day of drinkable water within the next six years. “That’s two years sooner and twice as much water” as previously thought, Ry Rivard reported.

One contributor to this expedited shift is, well, that pesky years-long drought. Another: a growing embracement by the public.

The program isn’t a done deal – finding the funding is still a puzzle, and it still must be approved by City Council. But it’d be an important piece of San Diego’s water future if it’s rolled out. By 2035, a third of the city’s drinking water could be coming from treated wastewater.

Andy Keatts and I chatted with Rivard on this week’s show to get the lay of the land on the region’s water infrastructure.

Also on the show: why the more affluent people of Rancho Santa Fe earned Goat of the Week (check our new segment, What I’m Saying Is …); fact-checking El Cajon’s poverty level; and the gloves are off in Fabiani vs. Faulconer, Bosnich vs. DeMaio and brewers vs. Encinitas.

Missed our live podcast at Thorn Street Brewery last week? Sign up for July’s here.

Listen to the podcast here, on Stitcher or on iTunes.

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