MCAS Miramar has two sources of water both potable and non-potable.
- Potable water is supplied by the City of San Diego and is used for the majority of our daily life on the air station.
- Non-potable water or “reclaimed water” (RCW) indicated by purple piping is a resource that is purchased from the City of San Diego. The opportunity first came about in 2007 when the golf course was converted entirely to reclaimed water. Since then, the system has been expanded to include the majority of the irrigation north of Miramar Way. RCW is also used for construction purposes like dust control and even in three of our facilities for the water closets and urinals.
Every gallon of RCW used is a gallon of potable water saved, and we are proud to state that our RCW usage in 2014 accounts for 39% of our total water consumption on the installation. This success has equated to a 31% reduction in water intensity against the EO goal of 26% by 2020.
Although, we have met our federal mandate, we must continue to conserve water in preparation for future droughts in the state of California. MCAS Miramar is dedicated to continuing the effort to preserve our most precious resource. The program is installing efficient, low flow fixtures all over the base and looking forward to reclaimed washrack systems. It will always be a joint effort of the marines, sailors, and civilians aboard MCAS Miramar to conserve whenever possible.