The City of San Diego’s Advanced Water Purification Facility is a small-scale facility that purifies one million gallons of recycled water every day to a level similar to distilled water quality. Adult students from a San Diego Continuing Education Emeritus Program class toured the facility to better understand the science of water purification, and learn about current testing projects. Students also compared samples of purified, recycled, and tap water.
“This is the kind of experience we to introduce to our students,” said Emeritus Program class professor Pat Mosteller. “This is not only educational, but the students can apply this information to their own lives in becoming better informed community members and decision makers.”
The Purification Facility is one component of the City’s Water Purification Demonstration Project that is examining the safety and cost of purifying recycled water. If the project is approved to go full-scale, the purified water would blend with the City’s imported supply of raw or untreated water stored in the San Vicente Reservoir.
“This is an amazing facility, and the presentation was truly educational,” said student Helen Antoniak. “I am inspired to preserve and appreciate water more as a consequence of attending this tour.”