August 26, 2015
A reliable and affordable supply of water is extremely important to every major regional economy. Industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, and tourism among others need water to operate. In the San Diego region, we cannot allow our desert-like climate at the end of the pipeline result in businesses and jobs leaving. With an all of the above strategy including conservation, storage, water recycling and desalination, the Chamber is dedicated to ensuring that water is available and cost-competitive.
In 1991, San Diego experienced major drought conditions, and as a result, water rates spiked. Subsequently, the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) made huge strides to diversify the water supply of San Diego, minimizing risk and increasing reliability.
The Chamber’s number one policy priority for 2015 is water supply, reliability, and cost. With the continuing drought, the Chamber realizes the importance of water to our businesses and region. Chamber staff was appointed by Mayor Faulconer to the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Advisory Group to address the need for a new locally-controlled water supply.
The Chamber is also actively involved in federal efforts to address the waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will allow the City of San Diego to move forward with the Pure Water program while maintaining a high standard for water output at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. In 2014, the Chamber provided feedback on the funding mechanisms for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, has a member on the state of California’s Direct Potable Reuse Board, and two Chamber staff members are graduates of CWA’s Citizens Water Academy.
Pure Water Program
The City of San Diego’s Pure Water San Diego Program works to provide a safe, reliable, and drought-proof local drinking water supply.
Chamber staff is on the Pure Water Working Group.
How to get involved
Apply to the San Diego County Water Authority’s Citizens Water Academy to learn about the history of water in the San Diego region and how to take action.
- Advanced Water Purification Fact Sheet
- Infill Development: Key Strategy for Water in San Diego
- AB 149 Support Letter to Governor Jerry Brown from the Chamber
- San Diego County Residential Water Use Trends from Equinox Center
- City of San Diego On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Resuse Project Review and Permitting Guideline
- Mandatory Conversation Proposed Regulatory Framework Letter From the Chamber
- With Doomsday in Mind, California Officials Are Ceding Water to Arizona, Nevada
- California water savings increased despite eased mandates
- Saving water saved a lot of power, too
- 33 ways you can start saving water now (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- 3 Creative Ways SD Businesses Deal With Drought (Voice of San Diego)