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RSF and Solana Beach Water District to Release New Study Examining Drought-Proof Water Supply

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The Santa Fe Irrigation District’s Board of Directors approved launching a concept study to evaluate using Advanced Water Purification techniques to take recycled wastewater to an extremely high level of purification so that it could potentially be used for potable water. The study will identify and evaluate opportunities and challenges associated with the development of this drought-proof, local water supply.

The $120,000 study cost is being shared equally by the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the San Dieguito Water District (SDWD) and the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority (SEJPA), which form a natural partnership. The Santa Fe Irrigation District and San Dieguito Water District each own major components of the potential project infrastructure, and the water supply would originate at San Elijo Joint Powers Authority.

This study is just one part of a multi-pronged program by Santa Fe Irrigation District to ensure long-term reliable local water supplies in the face of the worst drought in California’s recorded history. More information about Santa Fe Irrigation District actions to increase water conservation and improve the water supply are summarized below:

•New Home Water Conservation Checkups to improve conservation and water use efficiency. Santa Fe Irrigation District customers have reduced water use by over 20 percent since 2007. But this is not enough to close the water supply gap. The district is therefore instituting a new landscape efficiency program that provides a detailed review of individual properties and providing the owners with a complete description of how they can conserve more water on their specific property.

•Continuing with level 2 mandatory water conservation measures. These include mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering such as assigned days for watering, limiting irrigation time on lawns to ten minutes per watering stations per assigned day, prohibition of overspray and waste, and more.

Read the full article at the Rancho Santa Fe Review