Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection
Scope and Contents
The Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection dates from 1952-1967. It consists solely of paper records, and documents the city's process of determining the best method of waste disposal for San Diego. Included in the collection is the original proposal booklet submitted by Holmes & Navar-Montgomery. This booklet contains the 1958 plan for the treatment and disposal of city sewage into San Diego Bay. Also included are editorials, letters to the editor, and newspaper clippings for and against the city's proposal to dispose of waste water into the ocean off the Point Loma coast.
- Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project (Organization)
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In 1958 the city of San Diego conducted a study to determine a better way to dispose of sewage. Prior to this study, the city's sewage was disposed of in the San Diego bay, after receiving varying degrees of treatment. The city contracted with the firm of Holmes & Navar-Montgomery to find an alternative to dumping waste in the bay to eliminate potential health and environmental risks.
Holmes & Navar-Montgomery proposed five alternative plans, but after the city completed the initial cost appraisal, it determined that disposing of city waste into the ocean was still the most cost-efficient method of waste management. Another plan provided for a system of interceptor sewers and pumping stations that would end at a new treatment plant in Fort Rosecrans. From this new plant, waste would travel through a multiple port diffuser located about 220 miles under water, and would then be dumped into the ocean approximately 13,000 miles off shore. The estimated cost of this plan was $41,136,000.
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- Holmes & Navar-Montgomery--History--20th century--Sources
- Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project--Archives
- Organizational Records
- San Diego Bay (Calif.)
- Sewage disposal in the ocean--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources
- Sewage disposal--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources
- Sewage--Environmental aspects--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources
- Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection
- Jennifer Hollander
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