San Elijo is Recycled Water Agency of the Year

The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority (SEJPA) has been named Recycled Water Agency of the Year – Medium Size, from WateReuse California. This award recognizes the SEJPA for its demonstrated leadership, creativity, and persistence in developing recycled water as a valuable local water supply.

SEJPA is a small wastewater/recycled water agency located in the community of Cardiff by the Sea. It reflects the values of the communities it serves through its commitment to safeguarding the environment, investment in sustainable practices, and in protecting public health. The agency serves the coastal cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas and can produce 3 million gallons per day of recycled water.

San Elijo wholesales recycled water to four local water purveyors: San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, and the City of Del Mar. This collaborative approach contributes greatly to the program’s success that serves more than 400 hundred million gallons per year of recycled water.

General Manager, Michael Thornton stated “The success of our recycled water program is built on the foundation of collaboration with our water district partners. Working together, we have created an award winning program.”

Board Chair Catherine Blakespear reports, “In the City of Encinitas, we help keep the grass green at schools, parks, and playing fields with this locally produced, renewable, water supply.”

One of the SEJPA’s main goals is expanding recycled water use within north coastal San Diego County.

Jason Roe