Oceanside receives $2M federal grant for water, energy efforts


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The city of Oceanside received a $2 million grant last month to go toward its Renewable Energy Capacity Expansion Project and Turf Replacement Rebate programs.

Efforts such as wastewater management, water conservation and turf removal will be boosted by the funds, which came from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency grant program, according to a city news release in late April.

“The City of Oceanside works diligently to improve water efficiency by providing conservation programming, rebates, automated metering and other efficiency programs,” Lindsay Leahy, Oceanside’s Water Utilities Director, said in the news release. “Utilizing local biogas energy will reduce greenhouse gas generation and provide sustainable processes that will further Oceanside’s efforts to provide the most efficient use of resources.”

In addition to water conservation and turf removal programs, the city also seeks to expand diversion of food scraps from landfills and expand the capacity of the San Luis Rey Wastewater Facility.

Upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility will allow the processing of slurried food scraps for conversion to energy, according to the city.

The federal WaterSMART Program offers water and energy efficiency grants to water districts and communities to modernize water infrastructure and increase hydropower generation.