California’s governor promises to up pace of water projects

Califonia governor, Jerry Brown, has pledged to accelerate the approval process for projects that increase the water supply in San Diego and around the state, according to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. He was speaking shortly after a meeting of California mayors to discuss the drought in the region, now in its fourth year.

“The governor said he would speed up the approval process for projects that increase local water supplies,” Faulconer said. “That’s great news for San Diego as we begin work on the largest water recycling programme in the state and create our own independent, drought-resistant water supply.”

Faulconer said he asked the governor to commit to helping to expedite permitting and funding for the city’s plan to recycle water into drinking water.

The recycling system has been forecast to provide more than 16 ML/d when it is fully operational in 2035 – an amount equal to one-third of the city’s water supply.