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Ground Broken on Water Project

The Otay Water District celebrated a major milestone on Oct. 24 as it broke ground on a $15 million, 6-mile recycled water pipeline.

The largest recycled water project built by OWD, the pipeline will be activated in 2007, meeting 20 percent of the district’s total annual demand, according to Jose Lopez, the president of the district’s board of directors.

The pipeline will carry up to 7,000 acre-feet per year of high-quality recycled water from the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant, located at the intersection of Dairy Mart and Monument roads in the Tijuana River Valley, to the recycled water service area in eastern Chula Vista. The water will be used solely for landscape irrigation along street medians, parks, golf courses, and large open space areas in communities such as Eastlake and Otay Ranch.

In 2003, the OWD signed a landmark 20-year purchase agreement with the city of San Diego for up to 6 million gallons per day of high-quality recycled water.

“Maintaining a reliable water supply is one of the most important issues facing our region,” said Mark Watton, OWD’s general manager. “By teaming up with the city of San Diego, we are utilizing recycled water to help reduce the demand for potable water. This pipeline is essential to provide our customers with an abundant amount of recycled water to be used for irrigation and other non-potable water uses.”

Ortiz Construction, a firm based in Chula Vista, was awarded the construction contract to build the pipeline. OWD also hired Hirsch & Co. to provide full-service construction management and inspection services for the project.

The Otay Water District, founded in 1956 to serve as a public water utility, distributes water to more than 186,000 taxpayers within about 125 square miles of southeastern San Diego County.

Participants in the groundbreaking ceremony, held at the city of San Diego’s South Bay Water Reclamation Facility, included U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista; state Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego; Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda; and representatives from the WaterReuse Association; city of San Diego Water Department; Metropolitan Wastewater Department; and other San Diego County water agencies.

Pat Broderick

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