A new water supply for East San Diego County is one step closer to becoming a reality with the Oct. 1 approval of the first two major design build agreements by the East County Advanced Water Purification (East County AWP) Joint Powers Authority (JPA). Approval of the agreements authorizes work to begin key design and pre‐construction elements for the first two Program “packages.”
Package 1 includes a 16-million-gallons per day (MGD) water recycling facility, an 11.5-MGD advanced water purification facility, a solids handling facility, a product water pump station and a new visitor’s center to be located north of Santee Lakes on Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s property. Package 2 includes a 10‐mile advanced water purification pipeline, dechlorination facility and inlet to Lake Jennings. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.
Progressive design build agreements are advantageous because they provide the JPA with the opportunity to evaluate price options and value‐engineering ideas, refine the project design and identify and evaluate project risks.