Impact analysis approved for San Diego’s Pure Water Program

Dudek, a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consulting firm, recently announced the certification of the Pure Water San Diego Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).

The milestone marks the completion of a three-year analysis of the proposed Pure Water Program by Dudek. One of the most ambitious water recycling programs in the nation, the Pure Water facility seeks to treat 83 million gallons per day to produce potable water for San Diego’s more than three million residents.

“Dudek is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the Pure Water San Diego project which sets a new nationwide precedent for water recycling on such a grand scale,” said Project Manager Shawn Shamlou. “Our team was fortunate to work directly with the City of San Diego and Bureau of Reclamation agencies. Their professionalism and technical expertise inspired the Dudek team to work ever harder to meet their schedule targets and successfully deliver a comprehensive environmental document that will serve as a benchmark for similar projects.”

Currently, the County of San Diego imports 85 percent of its water supply from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. As imported water costs continue to rise, the County is increasingly vulnerable to water shortages and drought. The Pure Water Program aims to provide one-third of San Diego’s water supply by 2035 by increasing local control of a sustainable water supply and alleviating dependence on imported water. The Pure Water Program also boasts notable environmental advantages for the region, including a reduction in the flow of treated wastewater effluent to the Pacific Ocean.

Dudek analyzed potential environmental impacts associated with construction and operation of the Pure Water San Diego facility, as well as long-term effects associated with changes in water supply procurement. The expertise of the Dudek team ensured the City of San Diego Development Services Department received the nearly 3,000-page Final EIR/EIS on schedule. The San Diego City Council unanimously certified the documentation in April.  Dudek is now supporting the City with obtaining key permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Regional Water Quality Control Board.

To learn more about the San Diego Pure Water project, click here.

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