San Diego IPR demonstration project held up

Approval of a contract with Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM) for construction of an indirect potable water-reuse demonstration project in San Diego failed to pass a meeting of the Californian city’s Natural Resources & Culture (NRC) committee on 16 June 2010.

Instead, committee members suggested the project should be re-examined with a view to cooperation with the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System.

The Public Utilities Department selected CDM’s US$ 6.6 million bid, with subconsultant MWH, in April and the NRC committee was expected to forward it to the council for approval. Work on the Advanced Water Purification facility for the Indirect Potable Reuse/Reservoir Augmentation Demonstration Project was due to start in the fall of 2010.