The East County Advanced Water Purification Program has been strategically planned for many years. Grant applications began in 2014 to fund the program’s Demonstration Facility, located in Santee. This facility has been operating and offering public tours since 2015. Since then, the program has conducted a feasibility study, financial modeling and an environmental report, obtained additional grant funding, presented to East County community groups, provided public tours and briefed elected officials through an extensive outreach program.
Interim Funding Agreement
In July 2019, the four program partners agreed to an interim funding agreement to cover program costs for the next 12 to 18 months. As part of this agreement, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego formed a Joint Powers Authority in November, 2019 to serve as the governing body for the East County Advanced Water Purification project.
The Program is scheduled to begin distributing water in 2025. Three Progressive Design Build Packages are currently out to bid for the East County Advanced Water Purification Project. These packages, totaling $325 million, have gone through pre-selection processes to be shortlisted to three firms. Next, the Packages will go through Request for Proposal selections.