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The Center for Water Studies at Cuyamaca College

The Center for Water Studies, CWS, is the outcome of a grant from the California Community Colleges to scale training for the state’s water utilities. The program is based in San Diego at Cuyamaca College.

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What if California’s coastal towns and cities drew their drinking water from the Pacific Ocean? They would no longer depend on nature’s water cycle, or be vulnerable to drought, and they would leave more water in California’s rivers for fish and farmers. This is just one reason why treatment plants are critical to California’s adaptation to climate change.

2017-2047

New plant operators starting out in 2017 will see four trends grow during their careers.

Desalination

The Carlsbad Desalination Plant in San Diego County is the largest in the western hemisphere, producing 50 million gallons of drinking water from the Pacific Ocean every day. A dozen more plants along California’s coast are in the planning stage.

Potable reuse

Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System produces up to 100 million gallons of drinking water a day by purifying the region’s wastewater.  Similar projects are in the planning stage in San Diego County.

Waste to energy

The City of San Diego’s Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant produces its own energy from methane gas, and it has done so for years. Now other wastewater utilities are looking to produce their own green energy.

Onsite treatment

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters uses 65% less water than similar sized buildings by treating wastewater onsite and reusing it in the building’s toilets.

Desalination

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Potable reuse

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Onsite treatment

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