The Advanced Purification Center is a demonstration facility that will generate information needed for the potential future construction of a full-scale recycled water plant. It uses a unique application of membrane bioreactors designed to significantly increase efficiency in water recycling. Scientists and engineers will test the process to ensure the resulting purified water meets the highest water quality standards. Once approved by regulators, this innovative process could be used throughout California and even applied around the globe.
ADVANCED PURIFICATION CENTER:
A 500,000 gallon/day demonstration facility
Construction Cost: $17 million
Timeline: Under construction; operation begins late 2018
FULL-SCALE ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT PLANT:
A full-scale facility would produce up to 150 million gallons daily, enough to serve more than 335,000 homes. Purified water would be delivered through 60 miles of pipelines to 4 groundwater basins in Los Angeles and Orange counties. These basins supply water to 7.2 million people.
Cost: $2.7 billion to build, $129 million annually to operate, resulting in a water cost of $1,600/acre-foot, similar to other new water supplies.
Timeline: 11 years to design and build, once approved