Pure Water Monterey recycled water project hailed at groundbreaking, challenges remain

Friday, May 5, 2017

Marina – Lauded as a model for regional collaboration and innovation, and even the “wave of the future” for the rest of California, the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project was universally praised by a group of dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.

But a key official acknowledged the already complex project still faces a number of hurdles before it begins construction or operation, including potential cost overruns that could end up on Monterey Peninsula water bills and a complicated discharge permit.

Local, state and federal public officials hailed a key milestone for the $100 million groundwater replenishment project backed by a public-private partnership between the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and California American Water, as well as a range of other local public agencies, that would tap various Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley wastewater sources for treatment to drinking water standards for use by Peninsula homes and businesses, and for expanded Salinas Valley agricultural irrigation.