Mayor Faulconer in Washington to advocate for federal funds for key San Diego initiatives

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer is in Washington, D.C., this week and will spend several days advocating on behalf of San Diego on critical issues such as water independence, affordable housing, homelessness and innovation.

The Mayor is joining other local leaders in the nation’s capital as part of the San Diego Regional Chamber’s "One Region, One Voice" mission to D.C.

"I want the leaders and officials who make the decisions on where to spend federal funds to know that investing in San Diego is going to have a big impact on our neighborhoods, our local economy and our infrastructure," Mayor Faulconer said. "We’re tackling tough issues like creating an independent, drought-proof water supply and helping the homeless get off the street. So it’s important that we work with Washington leaders to ensure they are part of the solution."

On Monday, Mayor Faulconer met with U.S. Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein on veterans’ issues and a drought relief bill, respectively.

Specifically, the Mayor discussed with McCain how best to help military veterans transition to civilian life when their service ends and urged Feinstein to include funding for the City’s Pure Water program in her drought relief bill.

Faulconer also took part in a White House Innovation Roundtable and met with officials from Housing and Urban Development Department about homelessness.

On Tuesday, Mayor Faulconer will be a guest speaker at a Water Roundtable moderated by U.S. Rep. Scott Peters and meet with officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as the Department of Homeland Security.

One of the key issues Mayor Faulconer will be advocating for is Pure Water, a 20-year program designed to purify enough wastewater to provide one-third of San Diego’s water supply by 2035. It calls for the construction of a nearly $2 billion water-purification plant that would eventually produce 83 million gallons per day.

The project would divert wastewater flows away from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats wastewater before it’s piped into the ocean.

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