Why is Construction Needed?

Construction is underway to build an advanced water purification project and expand the City of Oceanside’s existing recycled water system. Both projects originate at the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility (SLRWRF). The advanced water purification project, called Pure Water Oceanside will purify recycled water from the SLRWRF to create a new, local source of high-quality drinking water. Learn more about Pure Water Oceanside.

Simultaneously the city is also expanding its recycled water system. The two projects are being constructed at the same time to minimize impacts to the community. The goal of the recycled water expansion project is to support the city’s goal to supply half of the city’s water demands from local sources by 2030. Recycled water will be replacing drinking water used for landscape and crop irrigation with high quality recycled water generated from wastewater treated at SLRWRF. Learn more about recycled water.

What Work is Needed?

Construction includes building a new water purification facility, installing new water and recycled water pipelines under Douglas Drive and North River Road, three injection wells in Coco Palms and a new recycled water pipeline on El Camino Real to the city’s Fire Mountain Reservoir. Click on the interactive construction map shown to the right which includes more detailed schedule information for current and upcoming work.

Douglas Drive

Pipeline work on Douglas Drive has temporarily moved from North River Road to further south, near the bridge at the San Luis Rey River and Pala Road. The light signal at the Douglas Drive/Pala Road intersection is scheduled to flash red through to the week of Nov. 20.

For the first three weeks of December pipe installation work will return to the North River Road/Douglas Drive intersection and move south toward Pala Road. Please use North River Road to access CVS, Carl's Jr., ARCO and AM/PM businesses. Some lane and turn pockets will continue to be closed on Douglas Drive

Pala Road and Coco Palms Drive

Pipeline installation on Pala Road will begin in November. The road will remain open both ways but will require lane closures.

On Coco Palms Drive, well preparation will begin the week of Nov. 9. Well construction requires closing a section of Coco Palms Drive (south of Cherrystone St.) and installing sound walls around the future injection wells. The road closure will reduce construction time and impacts to nearby residents.

24/7 drilling of the two injection wells on Coco Palms Drive will Nov. 18. After drilling is complete, additional work will be conducted for testing and to install well infrastructure. The post-drilling work will take place Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through summer 2021.

Each well is estimated to take three weeks once drilling begins. Drilling will occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each well site will be surrounded by 16-foot-high sound wall to minimize impacts.

Click HERE to watch a video of an open house which explains the project, provides well construction information and answers residents' questions.

Is the River Bike Trail Open?

Yes. Access to the river bike path from Douglas Dr. is still available on the west side of Douglas. Please make sure you cross safely at the cross walk at Pala Rd. and Douglas to access the trail.

What is the Work Schedule?

Construction for the entire project is expected to be complete in 2022 with regular working hours occurring Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Critical pipeline construction elements will require temporary extended worktimes to occur 12 hours a day, 6 days a week to complete the project on time. The injection and monitoring wells require construction 24-hours a day, seven days a week, which will occur for approximately 3 weeks.

How May Work Impact Me?

Potential temporary impacts from construction activities may include noise, dust, parking restrictions and traffic delays/detours.

How Can I Stay Up to Date on Construction Updates?

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Who Can I Contact for More Information or Concerns?