Oceanside, CA–The Secretary of the Interior will be recommending a $1.7 million grant award for the construction of the Pure Water Oceanside project.
The funding will be awarded through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Title XVI WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects funding opportunity. Oceanside is one of eleven applicants being named in the Federal appropriations process for this funding.
Through the Title XVI program, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation provides grants to water districts and communities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and impaired ground and surface water in the Western United States. The funding may be used for the planning, design or construction of water recycling and reuse projects.
Scheduled to be complete in 2022, Pure Water Oceanside will purify recycled water to create a new local source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof, and environmentally sound. The project will provide more than 32% of the City of Oceanside’s water supply, or 3 to 5 million gallons per day, and be the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County. Currently, the city imports approximately 85% of its drinking water from the Sacramento Bay Delta and the Colorado River, which are hundreds of miles away. Construction for the project is underway and includes a new water purification facility, pipelines under Douglas Drive and North River Road, three injection wells and monitoring wells.
“We are excited to continue working with the Bureau of Reclamation on Pure Water Oceanside. Their continued support along with multiple grant, loan and incentive programs through the EPA, the Department of Water Resources as well as Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority continue to make local water supply development affordable for the City of Oceanside customers,” said Water Utilities Director Cari Dale.
Pure Water Oceanside was previously awarded a combined $6 million for the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 Title XVI WIIN grant opportunity, totaling $7.7 million with this year’s award. The city also received $3.115 million in state grant funding for the project from the Department of Water Resources. These funds result from Proposition 1, a bond measure approved by voters in 2014 to improve water infrastructure statewide.
EPA selected Pure Water Oceanside and portions of Oceanside’s recycled systems for a Federal WIFIA loan. The interest rate on the loan was 1.20%. Additionally, Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority also approved Local Resources Program funding, which provides a financial incentive to develop local water supplies. Other funding sources come from developers as well as ratepayers.