Miramar Lake closed to pleasure boats and kayaks as Pure Water construction ramps up
Boating and kayaking will be suspended at popular Miramar Lake at Scripps Ranch next week to allow construction of the city’s Pure Water wastewater recycling system.
Miramar Lake is the key to the big project as it will eventually store all the wastewater treated by a treatment plant under construction in West Miramar.
The purified water will be transported from the new plant to Miramar Lake via a pipeline on Miramar Road and through Mira Mesa. The project will include tunnels under Interstate 15 and the lake.
The 1-mile pipeline will be assembled on barges on the surface of the reservoir before being cast and permanently installed underwater.
The first phase, beginning Monday or Tuesday and continuing through early 2023, includes tunneling. The second phase, from mid-2023, includes the construction of the pipeline.
During the work, nautical activities will be prohibited, in particular the use of boats, canoes, kayaks and floating buoys. Coastal areas, including picnic and barbecue areas and shore fishing, will remain open.
The last of nine reservoirs in the city of San Diego to be built, Miramar Lake attracts approximately 100,000 people a year for jogging, biking, fishing, boating, picnicking, and other activities.
“This pipeline project is a crucial part of the Pure Water program that will be vital to providing clean water in the future,” said Juan Guerreiro, the city’s director of utilities. “We are focused on limiting impacts to our facilities while this work is underway, and we appreciate the public’s patience during the construction phases.
Visitors should expect delays when parking at the lake, city officials said. Once the project is completed, there will be more parking spaces and other improvements.
Pure Water is expected to provide half of the city’s water supply when the second phase of the project is completed in 2035. The main objective is to reduce the region’s dependence on imported water and its vulnerability to drought.
For details, visit http://scrippsranch.purewatersd.org, email [email protected], or call (833) 647-7973.
For general information about the city’s lakes, go to sandiego.gov/reservoirs-lakes.