Wastewater Project Could Create Drought-Proof Drinking Water for 500,000 Southern California Homes

In its effort to establish a new, drought-proof source of water that could serve a half-million Southern California homes, the Metropolitan Water District on Thursday, Oct. 10 unveiled a $17 million pilot plant that will bring wastewater to drinkable standards. Water from the trial project in Carson will not be piped to customers – it will be put back with regularly treated wastewater and pumped into the ocean. But it’s a key step toward construction of a working plant that would reduce the region’s dependence on imported water.