The Sweetwater Authority in California will receive a federal grant of $1.5 million to expand a desalination plant as part of its Water Reclamation Project, Times of San Diego reports. The expansion will result in greater capacity and increased access to local water for San Diego County.
Scott Peters, US Representative for California's 52nd congressional district, said that the grant will help the region reduce its dependence on imported water. It will also improve local water security, which is of increasing significance in the dry state. Peters said he is proud the expanded capacity will cater to the needs of users across various water jurisdictions, those in the 52nd District included.
Peters also announced the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. It is the first since 2007 and it provides funding for water and ports across the United States, including the Unified Port of San Diego.
The agreement was passed in a House and Senate conference committee and was then approved by the House. Protections for the environment and funding for dredging, berthing, cleaning up of sediment and port upgrades are among its provisions.
Some of the conditions Peters added to the Act require the Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide the public with information on sites where flood risk is being managed.