For Immediate Release
Melissa McChesney
Communications Officer
(619) 258-4680
(619) 572-1490 (cell)
[email protected]

Public Tours Available for Padre Dam’s Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility

See East County’s Potential New Drought Proof Water Source


(Santee, CA, July 9, 2015) – Padre Dam Municipal Water District is offering tours of its new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility. Padre Dam customers, East County residents, clubs and civic organizations and the general public are invited to view the purification process first-hand. Tours can be scheduled by visiting .

“The severe drought the state faces today highlights the importance of Padre Dam’s efforts to develop a local water supply with our Advanced Water Purification Program,” said Allen Carlisle, CEO and General Manager of Padres Dam. “I invite the community to come see for themselves how effective this water purification process is and how it can provide a locally controlled, drought-proof, safe and environmentally sound water source for East County.”

Tour participants will have the opportunity to view the Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility, touch water filtration membranes and see the four advanced water purification treatment steps in action. Additionally, they will receive a complete description of the process, learn about where their water comes from and hear the history of Padre Dam’s recycled water efforts.

The Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility takes recycled water and treats it using advanced water purification steps. The end product is water so clean that it is near-distilled in quality. The Demonstration Facility has been operational since April 2015 and is a pilot project that purifies 100,000 gallons of water each day. Over the course of the year, water samples will be taken several times a day and laboratory-tested to ensure it meets the high quality water standards of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water. The water is not distributed into the drinking water system. If the program moves forward, the purified water would be put into the Santee groundwater basin or a local reservoir, withdrawn and treated again prior to distributing as drinking water.

Please visit for more information about the District and the Advanced Water Purification Program.

About Padre Dam

Padre Dam provides water, sewer, recycled water and recreation services to approximately 100,000 residents in East San Diego County including Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. The District imports 100% of our drinking water supply and produces two million gallons per day (MGD) of recycled water at our Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility. Please visit for more information.


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