INDIRECT POTABLE REUSE COALITION
BIOCOMBuilding Industry AssociationBuilding Office Managers Association,San Diego ChapterCitizens Coordinate for Century 3Coastal Environmental Rights FoundationEndangered Habitats LeagueEnvironmental Health CoalitionFriends of InfrastructureIndustrial Environmental AssociationNational Association of Industrial andOffice Properties, San Diego ChapterSan Diego and Imperial Counties Labor CouncilSan Diego Audubon SocietySan Diego CoastkeeperSan Diego County Taxpayers AssociationSan Diego Regional Chamber of CommerceSan Diego River Park FoundationSurfrider Foundation, San Diego ChapterSustainability Alliance of Southern California
July 21, 2010The Honorable Ben HuesoCouncil President, San Diego City CouncilCity Administration Building202 “C” Street, 10
FloorSan Diego, CA 92101Re: Indirect Potable Reuse Demonstration ProjectDear Council President Hueso:A stable, dependable supply of water is a necessity for our growing community. We cannot continue torely primarily on a diminishing source of imported water. The drought and pumping restrictions on theBay-Delta are current realities and may be exacerbated by climate change as scientists predict it willhave dire impacts on California’s hydrology, the State Water Project and the Colorado River.The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has planned rate increases of at least 7.5% in2011 and 2012 or 15% cumulatively. The San Diego region cannot continue to sustain these rateincreases with no end in sight. It is imperative that we invest in local sources of drought-proof watersupply that require less reliance on energy and increasingly expensive imported water.Recycled water is an important part of water supply portfolio diversification. An adequate supply of water is an essential resource for multi-million dollar research and manufacturing facilities. If San Diegowants to continue to attract and retain these companies, we must aggressively pursue all reliable sourcesof water to ensure dependable supply at pricing which does not dramatically shift from year to year. Forexample, Toray and Hydranautics are among local manufacturers of membrane materials used for waterreclamation, collectively employing over 500 San Diegans. Membrane technology has been in existencesince the mid-1970’s for reverse osmosis and is continually improving.The Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) Coalition, an unprecedented alliance of San Diego environmental,business, labor, economic growth, technical and ratepayer advocates have come together to promote IPRfor the region.