LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A plan from the Department of Water and Power (DWP) has been approved to reduce the city’s dependence on imported water by building the world’s largest groundwater treatment center in the San Fernando Basin.
The cost for the treatment center – which would be built on one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the U.S. – will come at a cost of between $600 million to $800 million for two facilities.
Over the years, pollution from toxic chemicals such as perchlorate has made about half of the 115 wells in San Fernando Valley unusable, according to the Associated Press.
DWP officials told the Los Angeles Times the facilities would allow the city to cut imported water purchases by half by the year 2035.
Water expert and associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Dr. Mark Gold told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the plants are designed to both clean up the groundwater as well as provide local ratepayers with a local – and affordable – water supply.