The City of Escondido is expanding its recycled water system to reduce dependence on imported water and increase water access to agricultural users that are a vital part of Escondido’s economy.

The Membrane Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility (MFRO) is currently under construction on West Washington Avenue and will treat the City’s existing recycled water supply through membrane filtration and reverse osmosis technologies. Once complete, this facility will produce up to four million gallons per day of recycled water with a salt concentration appropriate for irrigation of agriculture.

Part of this recycled water system includes a storage reservoir above the Mountain View area, allowing for gravity to distribute water to our agricultural users. To reach such heights, water will be pumped from the Washington Avenue MFRO Facility and boosted at a new pump station located at Mountain View Park. This new pump station will be located in the parking lot next to the tennis courts off of Glenridge Road.

The MFRO project will benefit Escondido’s residents, agricultural community and economy. In addition, new public restrooms will be built as part of this facility in Mountain View Park to benefit all park users and surrounding neighborhoods. All of the parking spaces that are impacted by this project will be replaced elsewhere in the park and there will be no impacts to the Fitness Court, ball fields or play structure during construction. The pumping equipment and motors will be housed within an enclosed concrete building. Noise emitted from the pump station will be less than 50 decibels during the day and less than 45 decibels during night, these sounds are similar to a refrigerator.

For safety, the parking lot on Glendridge Road will be temporally closed but no impacts are anticipated to traffic along Citrus Avenue. Work will be performed during the hours of 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and will start on August 30, 2021. This portion of the MFRO project is anticipated to take 18 months to complete, and will be done with as few impacts to the surrounding community and park users as possible.

The pump station will be located adjacent to the tennis courts along their east fence line as shown in the image below.

More details about this project can be found at: https://www.escondido.org/mfro-project

Questions can be directed to Randy Manns, Utilities Construction Project Manager, at: rmanns@escondido.org or 760-839-4662.

 

Restroom Rendering
Restroom Rendering

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What's happening at Mountain View Park (MVP)?

A pump station is being built in MVP to allow recycled water from the Membrane Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility (MFRO) to be distributed to agricultural users.

How long will it take?

The project is anticipated to take 18 months.
 

What will it look like?

The project will include public restrooms and an architectural style friendly to the community with noise attenuation features.

What is the MFRO and how is this connected?

The Membrane Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility (MFRO) is currently under construction on West Washington Avenue and will treat the City’s existing recycled water supply through membrane filtration and reverse osmosis technologies and provide that water to agricultural users. This pump station will transport the recycled water to a storage reservoir above the Mountain View area.

What's the community benefit?

As part of this project, new restrooms are being installed in Mountain View Park.

How will this impact me as a park user?

All of the parking spaces that are impacted by this project will be replaced elsewhere in the park and there will be no impacts to the Fitness Court, ball fields or play structure during construction.

Where can I park while the parking lot is closed?

Both parking lots off of Citrus Avenue are open for parking.
 

What kind of outreach was done around this project?

• Community Services staff hosted a public outreach meeting at Mountain View Park on October 5, 2019 where this project and the related park benefits were specifically outlined.

• A City Council presentation was done on November 6, 2019 and the project was approved.

• The Planning Division mailed out notices to surrounding residents on June 25, 2020.

• Information about the project was shared on the City’s social media accounts and in the City Manager’s Weekly Activity Report.

• Construction start notices will be sent out prior to the project start date on August 30, 2021.