San Elijo Aquatic Campus named “Plant of the Year” in California


The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority (San Elijo) received the prestigious Factory of the Year award from the California Water Environment Association for its Water Campus on Manchester Avenue, according to a press release. San Elijo was first recognized regionally before being named the top midsize wastewater treatment agency throughout the state of California.

The Factory of the Year award recognizes achievements in compliance, innovative practices, cost efficiency and superior factory performance.

“What really impressed the judges about San Elijo’s submission is that they performed well in all categories,” said Brian Peck, an Association delegate, on June 15 at the presentation of the prize to the board of directors.

San Elijo was recognized for its commitment to renovating aging infrastructure, collaborating with San Diego State University and utilizing student research, prioritizing staff development and integrating computer modeling into daily operations.

“I understand the challenges of trying to maintain continuous improvement in all facets of the operation,” said Peck.

San Elijo serves Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and parts of Rancho Santa Fe and can treat over 5 million gallons per day of sewage and stormwater. The agency uses state-of-the-art treatment technology to produce recycled water for industrial and irrigation purposes on golf courses, schools, parks, streets, green belts and the Del Mar exhibition center. .

San Elijo provides recycled water to end customers through cooperative partnerships with Olivenhain Municipal Water District, San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District and the City of Del Mar. In addition to reducing the region’s dependence on compared to imported water, recycling wastewater and urban runoff reduces ocean discharges and protects the quality of beach water.

“We are proud to provide a local drought-tolerant water supply to communities in Northern County,” said Kristi Becker, president of San Elijo and member of Solana Beach City Council.

At the San Elijo Water Campus, the agency is close to completing a $ 47 million capital improvement program that includes improved treatment systems, a 0.6 megawatt solar system, a bicycle and pedestrian path. to link Birmingham Drive and Manchester Avenue, and facilities to promote environmental stewardship, public education and collaborative research. Completion of the second phase of construction is expected this fall.

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