Construction is Underway
Crews have started work to build the East County Advanced Water Purification Program. This work includes:

  • Water treatment facilities, located to the north of Santee Lakes
  • An 11-mile purified water pipeline from the treatment facility through Santee and Lakeside, ending at Lake Jennings.
  • Two additional 3.5-mile pipelines, constructed south of the new facilities past Carlton Oaks Dr to East Mission Gorge Pump Station near the Highway 52 and 125 intersection.

Normal work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasionally work may be required outside these hours based on construction needs and to reduce impacts to the community. Construction for the entire project is expected to be complete in late 2025.

We realize there will be impacts during construction and appreciate your patience with noise and road travel delays while work is underway.
Starting Soon - Truck Trips, Invasive Tree Removal, Pipeline Construction and 3-Way Stop
Beginning mid-September and continuing for approximately three months, extensive truck traffic will occur as dirt will be trucked in to fill the grade where the foundation of the treatment facilities will be located. Trucks will exit Highway 52, travel east on Mast and then north on Fanita Pkwy past Ganley Rd. Truck trips will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In October, many non-native invasive trees will be removed on Fanita Pkwy between Lake Canyon and Ganley Rd to make way for pipeline construction. The trees being removed are eucalyptus, pepper and fan palms.

Three pipelines are planned to be constructed on Fanita Pkwy, Mast Blvd and beyond. Two of the pipelines are scheduled from fall 2022 through fall 2023 and the third pipeline from summer through fall 2023. 

A 3-way stop sign has been installed at the Fanita Pkwy/Ganley Rd intersection for roadway safety. Please make sure you stop at this stop sign. The sheriff will be monitoring this location. Additional traffic controls will be provided in the pipeline excavation areas. 
Q&A Open House

Visit our staff to ask questions about the Program and construction.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.

Location: Corner of Fanita Parkway and Ganley Road
The interactive map is your best tool to stay current on construction activities and updates.

The Program will be constructed in phases between August 2022 and late 2025 by different specialized and qualified contractors. Throughout the project we will share schedules and work descriptions on an interactive map

For example, on the interactive map you will see the 11-mile purified water pipeline has been divided into 10 different segments. Each segment has its own schedule. If you live or work near the construction area, we recommend bookmarking the map webpage for easy access during construction.
New $28.3 Million Grant Recommended by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior 
A $28.3 million grant has been recommended by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to help build the East County Advanced Water Purification Program! It’s the largest grant amount allocated of the 25 projects selected by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Title XVI WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects funding.  

The JPA will continue to actively pursue and maximize funding from local, regional, state and federal agencies. To date the Program has secured over $135M in grant funding and $766 million in low-interest loans. All of this funding reduces impacts to ratepayers and makes the Program cost effective and a smart investment.
More Construction Information
Just north of Santee Lakes, workers are preparing the water treatment site for construction. This work currently includes setting up office trailers, creating storage space, dirt filling and grading activities.

Sixteen-foot-high sound walls have been placed along the main construction road heading north from Ganley Road. The sound walls will help minimize traffic noise to campers at Santee Lakes.

All of this and future construction information can be accessed on the interactive map!
It Will be Worth It!
The East County Advanced Water Purification Program will provide MULTIPLE advantages to East County communities! Here’s just a few…
Article in WaterWorld Magazine Wins Award
Our Program received an award from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) for the “WaterWorld Magazine Guest Column Article.”
The article was written by Padre Dam MWD CEO/General Manager Kyle Swanson with Recycled Water Operations Supervisor Ryan Hughes featured on the magazine cover. 
The award focused on the July 2021 issue of WaterWorld magazine, which serves more than 50,000 water and wastewater municipalities in the U.S. 
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The East County Advanced Water Purification Program will create a new, local, sustainable and drought-proof drinking water supply. The Program will use state-of- the-art technology to purify East San Diego County’s recycled water to produce up to 30 percent of East County’s drinking water supply.

East County Advanced Water Purification
Mailing Address: c/o Padre Dam MWD
P.O. Box 719003
Santee, CA 92072
(619) 258 4644
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