Reduce imported water percentage

The Pure Water Program will provide up to one-third of the local water supply by 2035, helping reduce the City's reliance on imported. Other water supply diversification efforts include deslinated and recycled water use and development of groundwater resources.

The Public Utilities Department has typically provided potable water from two sources. About 10-15 percent on average comes from local sources, especially reservoirs, and the remaining 85-90 percent is purchased from the San Diego County Water Authority. The majority of purchased water is raw imported water from the Colorado River and the California State Water Project.

Percentage of water demand met with imported water by fiscal year

Source: City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

Reduce per capita water consumption

Reducing the number of gallons of water consumed per capita per day (GPCD) is a requirement of the Conservation Act of 2009. The target reduction is 20 percent by 2020, using a 10-year base period, which is 142 gallons in 2010 for San Diego. Reductions in GPCD encourage sustainable and efficient water use and allow water supplies to last longer.

Gallons per capita per day (gallons of water used citywide divided by population) by fiscal year

Source: City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

Implement Pure Water program on schedule

Pure Water San Diego is the City’s phased, multi-year program to use proven water purification technology to produce a safe, sustainable and high-quality water supply for San Diego through potable reuse. The program is environmentally friendly and will make San Diego more water independent and resilient against drought, climate change and natural disasters while reducing the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant’s ocean discharges.

a The program is divided into three phases. New treatment and conveyance facilities will be located in the northern, central and southern areas of the City. The first phase will construct facilities in northern San Diego adjacent to the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant off Miramar Road and Interstate 805 and produce up to 30 million gallons of purified water per day by the end of 2021. The long term goal is to produce 83 million gallons of purified water per day (one-third of San Diego’s future drinking water supply) by completion in 2035.

Click here for a detailed mapof the Pure Water program phases.

Pure Water program construction phases

Decrease percentage of days beaches are closed due to water quality

The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, with Transportation & Storm Water Department and the San Diego County Department of Public Health, are focused on eliminating sewage spills, stormwater contamination, and beach closures. This is important for continuous public safety and recreational enjoyment at San Diego’s beaches. Beach closures are issued whenever a sewage spill impacts a beach and the public should avoid contaminated waters.

Sewage spill events are diligently investigated and the public is notified through, Twitter, Facebook, email, press release, phone hotline, and beach signage. Sampling and analyses are conducted to ensure the water is safe prior to lifting closures.

Number of days San Diego beaches were closed due to sewage spills by fiscal year

Source: City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

Reduce CO2 emissions from City sources

The City Council adopted the Mayor's Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2015. The CAP established a citywide baseline of Co2 emissions at 12.9 million metric tons. The CAP outlines the actions the City will take to reduce emissions both throughout the community and specifically from City sources.

These actions and supporting measures include a Municipal Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan to reduce energy consumption, a Zero Net Energy Policy for new City-owned buildings, smart monitoring systems for City facilities that provide energy consumption data, and LEED certification for existing City buildings, among others.

Projected and target emission levels in metric tons compared with the 2010 baseline emissions

* During Fiscal Year 2016, new departmental tactical plans and key performance indicators were developed. This is a new indicator, so historical information for this metric is unavailable. Baseline data is currently under development.

Source: City of San Diego Climate Action Plan

Extend the useful life of Miramar landfill

The City has been actively pursuing measures to extend the life of the Miramar landfill by increasing capacity of the permitted landfill space and by diverting materials through reduction, reuse, and recycling programs. The remaining capacity of the landfill has increased over the previous five years through:
  • Vertical expansions
  • Using a "pancake" method to increase compaction
  • Alternating tarps with dirt as a daily cover
  • Leasing a larger, heavier class of trash compactor
Additional efforts to improve recycling and implement the City's Zero Waste Plan have also pushed anticipated closure of the landfill from 2021 to 2030.

Tonnage received at Miramar landfill

Miramar landfill space over time

Source: City of San Diego Environmental Services Department

Satellite image from Google Maps

Diversion rate of recycled materials from disposal

Source: City of San Diego Environmental Services Department