Oceanside moves forward with recycled water plans

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside took the next big step toward completing plans to deliver recycled water to irrigate Goat Hill golf course and the El Corazon soccer fields and park.

On Jan. 7 City Council approved the recycled water pipeline project, and gave the go-ahead to city staff to put out a request for proposals.

The project will convert five miles of pipeline, now used to transport high-salinity water to ocean outfall, into a pipe to deliver recycled water. In addition, 4,400 feet of new pipeline will be installed to get repurposed water to its destination.

Jason Dafforn, interim water utilities director, said it is a small-scale project that will have a big impact on reducing the demand for imported water.

“It’s a precursor for future, larger projects that will occur,” Dafforn said.

Major headway was made in moving the plans forward last year when City Council agreed to staff’s plans to decommission the La Salina Wastewater Treatment Plant. This freed up the five miles of pipeline.

“It was the stone we needed to get rolling,” Dafforn said.

In order to repurpose the pipeline, high-salinity water, or brine, must be rerouted to other pipes, and the pipeline will undergo a good disinfecting.

The recycled water pipeline project is expected to begin in April and be completed by December.

While the project is underway, a reservoir storage project, treatment process update and pump station project will be presented to City Council for approval as part of the recycled water plan.

Dafforn said designs for the three upcoming projects are expected to be completed within a couple of months.

“We’re really excited to move forward with these projects,” Dafforn said. “We’re trying to do our part to reduce dependency on water outside our area.”

If approved, all projects are expected to be completed by the end of the year and have recycled water flowing by December.

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