The Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID) has been awarded $2.6 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a project to seismically retrofit the clearwell and washwater tanks at the R.E. Badger Water Filtration Plant (water filtration plant). This one-time capital investment will enhance resiliency, helping ensure uninterrupted access to a reliable water supply during a seismic event. Award of this grant funding comes after an extensive application and review period. The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA.
SFID and San Dieguito Water District (SDWD) jointly own the 40-million-gallon per day R.E. Badger Water Filtration Plant. SFID operates and administers the water filtration plant on behalf of both districts. The seismic retrofit project will upgrade the clear well and wash water tanks at the water filtration plant seismically to improve and increase resiliency of the water treatment plant from earthquake disasters.
The water filtration plant provides essential water treatment services for 60,000 people in the communities of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Encinitas. This project will ensure continuous operations of the water treatment facility after most earthquakes (up to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake). This will allow SFID and SDWD to continue treating water from nearby Lake Hodges, an essential regional emergency storage in conjunction with Olivenhain reservoir and San Vicente Reservoir.
With more than 38 million residents, California is the most populous state in the nation. California faces numerous risks and threats to people, property, and environment as it is prone to earthquakes, floods, wildfires, drought, public health emergencies, agricultural and animal disasters, as well threats to homeland security. CalOES proactively addresses these risks, threats, and vulnerabilities by maintaining a number of programs to encourage readiness and resiliency.
The Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID) was established January 26, 1923 and is a Special District, organized under Irrigation District Law, Water Code section 20500 et seq. SFID’s service area encompasses 10,326 acres in the communities of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.