Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility

The Central Coast Blue Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility is currently in operation at the City of Pismo Beach’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Demonstration Facility is being utilized to pilot advanced treatment technology for Central Coast Blue. The results obtained from the Demonstration Facility be used to inform the design and construction of the future facility.

The proven advanced recycled water treatment processes using Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration (MF/UF), Reverse Osmosis (RO), and Ultraviolet Disinfection with Advanced Oxidation (UV/AOP) will be coupled with innovative treatment approaches at the Demonstration Facility. For approximately one year, there will be ongoing testing using treated wastewater from the City of Pismo Beach’s wastewater facility. The Demonstration Facility is made possible with the support of IDE Technologies (IDE), who is partnering with the Five Cities leaders, to test innovative processes. IDE Technologies is a recognized world leader in water treatment solutions and specializes in the development, engineering, construction and operation of some of the world’s largest and most advanced thermal and membrane desalination facilities and industrial water treatment plants.

What will be tested at the Demonstration Facility?

The Demonstration Facility will utilize a small-scale version of a treatment train or treatment flow process to identify beneficial treatment scenarios and approaches. This will inform project leaders ahead of full scale design and construction of the future facility. The Demonstration Facility has the capacity of 58,000 gallons of water per day. A proprietary process, called Ecological Reuse (Eco-Reuse), will be tested with MF/UF, RO and UV/AOP to optimize performance while minimizing costs. The benefits will be evaluated at the Demonstration Facility, and include chemical use reduction or elimination, energy savings and equipment life-savings opportunities.

Cost Efficient | Eco-Friendly | Safe

IDE is testing Eco-Reuse processes at this Advanced Water Purification Demonstration facility to reduce use of chemicals, cost of treatment, and use more environmentally friendly products to enhance treatment and reduce impact to environment. This will result in higher quality, potable drinking water quality.

Where is the Demonstration Facility located?

The Demonstration Facility is located at the City of Pismo Beach’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, 550 Frady Lane, Pismo Beach, CA.


Can I tour the facility?

The Demonstration Facility will be open to the public for tours upon request. To learn more about and stay informed on updates go to the Recent Updates page or the Facility Tours page.