Washington, DC – Congressman Hunter (CA-50) has joined with fellow San Diego delegation members Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) and Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) in introducing federal legislation to provide additional support to a wastewater treatment plan that increases water reliability in the San Diego region. The bill, H.R. 4611, the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, was introduced in the House on October 4, 2019.
“This has been in the works for a long time and I’m very pleased to see it finally introduced,” said Congressman Hunter. “For decades, the San Diego region has been proactive in protecting itself against the historic water supply crisis in the western states. This is another important part of that ongoing effort. This bill achieves the dual goals of removing some federal bureaucracy while, at the same time, implementing a plan that will provide up to 83 million gallons per day of potable water. This is a win all around.”
The City of San Diego’s Pure Water Program utilizes the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has been operating for almost 25 years, to perform water purification technology that transforms recycled wastewater into safe, high-quality drinking water. H.R. 4611 exempts the City of San Diego from filing a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) modified permit application as required by law as the use of the Point Loma facility meets federal “secondary treatment” regulations required for water discharge. NPDES requirements are still fully met and this exemption prevents an expensive, time-consuming process from impeding a successful program that already provides the environmental protections federal regulations mandate.
When fully implemented, the Pure Water Program will produce 83 million gallons per day of potable water, one-third of the City of San Diego’s water demand, and will work in conjunction with other successful wastewater treatments programs in East San Diego County, specifically at the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. H.R. 4611 has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for consideration.
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