Lea Wermelin, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment, and other water technology experts from Denmark visited Oceanside’s water purification plant, Pure Water Oceanside. This project is expected to be completed next year, and will provide a local source high-quality drinking waters.
It is being billed as the county’s first fully operational indirect potable recycling project. It is expected to supply 3 to 5,000,000 gallons per day, or about a third Oceanside’s water supply.
On Nov. 30, the tour was held at Oceanside’s San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility, located at 3950 N. River Road. This is where the water recycling process starts. Pure Water Oceanside uses ultra filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation/ultraviolet light to purify recycled water.Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez and Water Utilities Director Cari Dale along with local water leaders met with the minister and her delegation at the plant and discussed the Pure Water Oceanside project and issues for water and wastewater treatment, common between Denmark and California.
A ceremony was held to sign the water collaboration agreement between San Diego Regional Water Tech Alliance and Danish Water Technology Alliance.
“Pure Water Oceanside was the first to be established in California in 2020. Today, it is internationally recognized. The creation of this exceptional drinking water will have multiple benefits for the city of Oceanside, its residents, and businesses. We’re happy to work with Denmark on a common vision for a climate resilient water sector.” Dale stated at the meeting.
Pure Water Oceanside’s benefits include decreasing the city’s dependency on imported water, decreasing the energy required to desalinate oceanwater, making Oceanside more drought resistant, and protecting the groundwater basin against saltwater contamination.
Sanchez stated that the science Pure Water Oceanside uses has been proven. It’s used all over the world, including Orange County in the Groundwater Replenishment Systems. This project will provide an alternative water source, protect against drought, and diversify the city’s water supply.