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.
WATER RECLAMATION PROJECT
BORROWER: City of Morro Bay
LOCATION: Morro Bay, CA
WIFIA LOAN AMOUNTS: $61.7 million
TOTAL WIFIA PROJECT COSTS: $125.9 million
POPULATION SERVED BY PROJECT: 10,600
NUMBER OF JOBS CREATED: 403 jobs
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The City of Morro Bay, a small community, will replace its over 60-year-old Morro Bay-Cayucos
Wastewater Treatment Plant which discharges into the estuary. The new advanced water
treatment reclamation facility will recapture and recycle wastewater to help supplement the
City water supply. As a result, the City will reduce its reliance on imported water and improve
groundwater quality in the local aquifer by adding highly treated water. In addition, the new
facility will be moved inland to increase its resiliency and reduce the risk of flooding.
PROJECT BENEFITS
	Produces .97 million gallons per day of recycled water that will meet indirect potable
reuse standards
	Helps the City meet the California Coastal Commission's requirements by relocating the
facility inland and producing more locally-sourced water
	Saves the City of Morro Bay ratepayers an estimated $28.6 million by financing the
project with a WIFIA loan compared to a bond issuance
WIFIA
PROGRAM
City of Morro Bay
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Environmental Protection
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WEBSITE: www.epa.gov/wifia
EMAIL: wifia@EPA.gov

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