Potable reuse will provide a new source of safe, high quality drinking water in San Diego County. This local supply is sustainable, drought resilient, and benefits the environment. It will also help prepare the region for future droughts and a changing climate.

Hear from representatives of three San Diego County potable reuse projects currently under development and learn how the potable reuse process purifies recycled water; how it reduces reliance on imported water; and how it is both financially competitive and environmentally responsible. 


Cari Dale, Water Utilities Director, City of Oceanside

Cari Dale is the Water Utilities Director for the coastal city of Oceanside in San Diego County.  In this position, she is responsible for full service water, sewer and solid waste utility services to a community of 180,000.  Since 2010, Ms. Dale has been working towards meeting the City Council’s goal of 50% local water supply development by the year 2030; a goal which will be achieved by the implementation of Indirect Potable Reuse, Recycled Water and Brackish Water programs.  Ms. Dale has a particular interest in asset management, finance as well as green program implementation and her past work experience includes both municipal and special district work in the Southern California area.  Ms. Dale holds a MPA with an emphasis on Water Resources Management from California State University, San Bernardino and she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Macalester College.

John Stufflebean, Assistant Director, Water Utilities Department, City of San Diego

John Stufflebean has 40 years of experience in local government in Arizona, Missouri, California, and Australia, including 24 years as a department head responsible for wastewater management, potable and recycled water supply, stormwater management, watershed protection, waste management, and sustainability. John is currently the Assistant Director for the Pure Water and Technical Services Branch of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department. Pure Water is the $5 billion project designed to generate nearly one-half of San Diego’s water demand from purified wastewater. In both San Jose and Sunnyvale he led the implementation of the strategic master planning efforts at the wastewater treatment facilities. In Australia, he served as a sustainability consultant for the City of Willoughby and for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia. In 2018-2019 he worked as a local government management consultant. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Colorado State University, an M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Arizona, and an M.P.A. from the University of Missouri, and is a registered professional engineer.

Kyle Swanson, Director of Advanced Water Purification, Padre Dam Municipal Water District

Kyle Swanson provides leadership and guidance in the design and implementation of the East County Advanced Water Purification Project.  He has over 20 years of experience in water related industries and is a licensed distribution and treatment operator and certified public manager.  As a San Diego native, Kyle values the opportunity to serve the community where he lives by working in the public sector and bring his skills in strategic thinking, communication and operational efficiency.

MODERATOR: Lesley Dobalian, Principal Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority

This event is proudly a part of the inaugural SBW San Diego:



April 13, 2021 at 11:00am - 12pm


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