Congresswoman Susan Davis Leads Effort in Support of Expanding Drinking Water Facility

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Washington, DC, March 31, 2015 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) led a San Diego delegation letter in support of federal funding for the Sweetwater Authority to expand a desalination facility. The Authority is seeking an $8.9 million grant from the Department of the Interior to increase the desalination capabilities of the Richard A. Reynolds Desalination Facility from 3,600 acre-feet per year (AFY) of water to 8,000 AFY.

“Increasing sources of reliable drinking water and our region’s water independence must be a priority,” said Davis. “California is facing a severe drought that only seems to be getting worse rather than improving. The federal government should aid communities that are working proactively to address their water issues.”

The drinking water produced by the facility provides drinking water to residents of Bonita, Chula Vista and National City. The City of San Diego is partnering with the Sweetwater Authority in the expansion and will receive half of the water produced.

The letter states that the project will provide numerous benefits to the entire region, including reducing dependence on imported water, thus relieving pressure on the Colorado River and San Francisco Bay-San Joaquin River Delta.

The letter can be viewed here.

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