The Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility Project is one step closer to reality.
After a late Thursday night discussion, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to approve the project.
It will include a 1 million gallon-per-day advanced facility located near the intersection of South Bay Boulevard and Highway 1, according to the City of Morro Bay, along with two new lift stations and approximately 3.5 miles of pipelines and wells.
The City calls the $128.5 million project a “drought buffer,” adding that, once complete, it will be capable of providing up to 80 percent of water needs for the City.
The City says its next steps are finalizing funding of the project and purchasing the land.
If construction begins this year as anticipated, the City hopes to have it completed by 2023.
The current wastewater treatment plant would be decommissioned and demolished under the new plan.