ENCINITAS, Calif. — A new water pipeline project recently finished construction in Encinitas. On Tuesday local and congressional leaders held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the pipeline.
The Manchester Avenue Recycled Water Pipeline Project involved the construction of approximately 1.4 miles of six-inch diameter recycled water pipeline. According to a press release, customers connecting to this new pipeline will now irrigate with recycled water, reducing the demand for imported drinking water by more than 27 million gallons per year.
The project was funded in part by a $600,000 Proposition 84, Round 4 grant and a $750,000 Proposition 1, Round 1 grant via the California Department of Water Resources' Integrated Regional Water Management Program. The press release also said the project is part of a suite of projects receiving $23.9 million in funds from the US Bureau of Reclamation's Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program.
Water conservation is a way of life for all Californians, and mandatory conservation efforts have been in effect in San Diego since October 2021 to limit inefficient water use. Expanding the use of recycled water for irrigation, as a renewable and locally produced water source, is an important strategy to reduce overall dependence on imported potable water.
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