By Sara Jerome | WaterOnline.com
As the California drought drags on, a city near San Diego is getting ready to make treated wastewater available for irrigation—but the proposal comes with a big price tag.
The Escondido City Council approved a plan this month to spend around $285 million on this effort over the next 15 years, according to U-T San Diego.
“Council members said it was the best option for the city, where lack of sewer capacity threatens to stymie future commercial and residential development,” the report said.
The approved plan beat out a costlier alternative. Clocking in at $403 million, Plan B would have seen the city expanding the existing 18-mile sewage system in Escondido. Due to permitting requirements, such an endeavor would face challenges gaining regulatory clearance.
Funding would go to new recycled water and potable water reuse systems under the approved plan, the Coast News reported. Recycled water sales would be expected to draw in about $20 million per year starting in 2030, U-T San Diego said, citing a city councilman.
“The saving grace is really we’re spending a lot of money but we’re getting some revenue back,” Councilmember Ed Gallo said in the Coast News. …read more…