The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)
program accelerates investment in our nation's water
infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental
loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.
PURE WATER SAN DIEGO
BORROWER: City of San Diego
LOCATION: San Diego, California
WIFIA LOAN AMOUNT: $614 million
TOTAL WIFIA PROJECT COSTS: $1,4 billion
POPULATION SERVED BY SYSTEM: 1.4 million people
NUMBER OF JOBS CREATED: 480 jobs
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The City of San Diego will construct a new advanced treatment facility to produce 30 million
gallons per day (mgd) of purified water, This is the first phase in its multi-year Pure Water
Program which will use proven technology to clean non-potable recycled water into safe, high
quality, drinking water. The construction project will include a pump station and pipeline to
convey wastewater along Morena Boulevard to the North City Water Reclamation Plant,
expansion of the existing North City Water Reclamation plant, a new North City Pure Water
Facility, an onsite Pure Water pump station and pipeline to convey purified water, and
improvements to the existing Miramar Reservoir Pump Station to allow raw water from the
reservoir storage area to be pumped to the adjacent existing drinking water treatment plant.
This project will provide a reliable, sustainable water supply, reduce the need for imported
water, and divert wastewater flows away from the Point Loma ocean discharge plant.
PROJECT BENEFITS
	Produces 30 mgd of purified water by 2024 and maximizes the amount of water that is
reused
	Decreases reliance on imported water and exposure to its projected cost increases
	Lowers potential for supply limitations due to natural disasters, such as earthquakes
	Decreases ocean discharges and provides consistent water availability regardless of
drought or rain
	Saves the City of San Diego an estimated $184 million from financing with a WIFIA loan
compared to a bond issuance
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WEBSITE: www.epa.gov/wifia
EMAiL: wifia@EPA.gov

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