It will continue to counsel San Diego's Metropolitan Wastewater Department on the efficient and economical operation of the system, but recognizing the importance of all water-related issues, the JPA is addressing new treatment technologies, water supply and safety, recycling, seawater desalination and ocean water quality. The JPA also is studying the feasibility of establishing a new regional authority to operate the wastewater system.
Does the JPA Have Technical Support?
Yes, provided by Metro TAC (Technical Advisory Committee), made up of public works directors and engineers from the member agencies. These specialists provide authoritative recommendations to the JPA's Commissioners.
What is the JPA's Leadership?
Please view our Contact page for the most current Chair and Vice-Chair information.
When Does the JPA Meet?
Meetings are hosted by participating agencies. Please check our agendaor the most recent issue of the News Brief for this month's location and directions. The public is welcome to attend.
When was the Metro JPA Formed?
In January 2001. As a joint powers authority, the organization shifted from being an advisory committee to the City of San Diego and its Metropolitan Wastewater Department (MWWD) to a legal entity that could more effectively address regional wastewater issues.
What is the Metro Commission?
Formed in 1998, it was the forerunner of the Metro JPA. Unlike the JPA, it has no legal powers.
Why Have a Metro JPA?
Because the participating agencies pay their share of operating and maintenance costs of the San Diego sewage system (approximately 35 percent) and need a strong voice in how the system is operated, how their money is used, and to ensure that their usage rates are equitable.
What Agencies Participate?
The cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, National City, La Mesa and Poway, the County of San Diego, the Otay and Padre Dam Water Districts, and the East Otay, Lakeside/Alpine, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and Winter Gardens Sanitation Districts.
What is the Metro JPA?
The Metro Wastewater JPA (Metro JPA) is a State authorized joint powers authority representing 12 agencies and approximately 800,000 people in the San Diego region. The Metro JPA is a partner with the City of San Diego contributing 1/3 of the wastewater flows and $75M (FY2019) a year to the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater System.
The Metro Wastewater Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is a coalition of the municipalities and special districts that share the use of the City of San Diego's wastewater facilities.