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Pure Water Program

The first large-scale surface water augmentation potable reuse program to be implemented in the US

  • 83M


  • 1/2

    Of the City's Water

  • 50%

    Ocean Discharge Reduction

  • San Diego, California

    San Diego, California

Developing new water resources for the City of San Diego by completing their water cycle

Due to limited local sources, 85 percent of the City of San Diego’s water is imported from the Colorado River and California State Water Project. A lack of control over its own supply makes San Diego vulnerable to drought, seismic events, climate change, and rising water costs.

With San Diego’s existing water system, only 8% of the wastewater leaving homes and businesses is recycled; the rest is treated and discharged into the ocean. A forward-looking community, San Diego saw this as an opportunity to transform the city’s water system into a complete water cycle. The Stantec-led program management team’s services to the City for the multi-billion-dollar Pure Water Program include creating a program-wide delivery strategy and robust program governance structure with procedures, plans (e.g., risk, quality), controls, business processes, and reporting requirements. We developed preliminary designs of all projects in the first phase and provided independent review of final designs, construction planning, and operation and maintenance readiness planning. Our team also provides extensive regulatory support, including coordination with the State Water Board to obtain permits needed for this first-of-its-kind surface water augmentation program.

At full implementation in 2035, the Pure Water Program will provide around one-half (83 MGD) of San Diego’s drinking water supply locally and cut ocean discharges by approximately half.

At a Glance

  • City of San Diego
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • Trussell Technologies
Meet Our Team

Michael Adelman, Associate

I’m interested in the intersection of theory and practice—I think good engineering combines both.

Gavin Gilchrist, Vice President, Program Development

Stay curious and ask yourself why you are doing something—always look at things from the perspective of others.
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Doug Owen, Program Manager

I am honored to be part of a program using innovative infrastructure solutions to build a secure, sustainable water supply for my community.

Mike Priest, Senior Principal, Senior Process Engineer

I’m driven by assembling all the parts and pieces of a project puzzle to deliver clean, safe water to our communities.
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Jeff Schulz, Vice President, Water Program Management

The most rewarding experience for me is working as an extension of our clients’ staff to help them achieve success for their programs.
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Michael Adelman


Gavin Gilchrist

Vice President, Program Development

Doug Owen

Program Manager

Mike Priest

Senior Principal, Senior Process Engineer

Jeff Schulz

Vice President, Water Program Management

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