Mayor Todd Gloria has signed for the primary installment of a $733 million federal mortgage to fund repairs to San Diego’s growing older storm drainage system and shield coastal wetlands.
Gloria was joined by official from the Environmental Safety Company at a signing ceremony Tuesday at Torrey Pines State Reserve overlooking the Los Peñasquitos Watershed, which might be protected by the stormwater undertaking.
“Our storm drain system is basically underground and out of sight, however the implications of this growing older infrastructure failing are large — from critical flooding in our neighborhoods to air pollution of our bays and the ocean,” mentioned Gloria.
“Whereas changing storm drains and upgrading pump stations doesn’t seize the general public’s consideration like fixing potholes, these main investments in essential infrastructure are extremely essential to our neighborhoods and high quality of life,” he mentioned.
The Metropolis Council unanimously authorised the plan in April, permitting the town to make use of the EPA’s particular mortgage program for water infrastructure initiatives to cowl 49% of the fee. The town will cowl the opposite half via loans, grants and different financing strategies.
Gloria’s signature on Tuesday secured the preliminary installment of $225 million. The entire undertaking consists of:
- $552 million to switch growing older steel pipes with strengthened concrete pipes that final for 100 years
- $91 million for revitalization and restoration of watersheds to enhance water high quality
- $36 million for inexperienced infrastructure initiatives to take away air pollution and help greening of urbanized communities
- $30 million to improve pump stations which are essential to stopping neighborhood flooding
- $24 million for the rehabilitation and alternative of deteriorating stormwater infrastructure
Bruno Pigott, deputy assistant administrator for water on the EPA, mentioned the undertaking will assist San Diego “shield its communities from potential flooding and stop runoff of untreated stormwater into native waterways.”