Planned Purification Plant Would Eliminate Need for Imported Water, Officials Say

As the worst drought in California history threatens to enter a fifth straight year, officials are advocating a variety of water reuse projects they say will reduce Southern California’s unquenchable thirst for imported water. On Tuesday, officials at the Water Replenishment District of Southern California unveiled drawings for the latest such proposal: A $95-million water purification plant they said would make the district entirely self-reliant on local water. “Not only are we helping to become independent from imported water, we’re also helping states in the southwest region by using less water that comes from the Colorado River,” district President Sergio Calderon said. Funding for the facility has yet to be finalized, but officials insisted construction would begin in the spring of 2016 at a Pico Rivera industrial site that was purchased this year for $10 million.

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