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Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA


The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) provides basic training for over 17,000 recruits per year and is recognized as one of the  leading Department of Defense facilities for the implementation of clean technology. The innovative technology at MCRD is also designed to improve the Corps’ mission readiness.  The Living Machine was selected by the Department of Defense’s ESTCP demonstration and validation program to document the performance of a reliable, efficient, and environmentally sound sanitation and water reuse system that can be deployed at military facilities around the world. 

The Living Machine® system, completed in 2012, extracts wastewater from an existing sewer line at the base and treats it to meet rigorous water reuse standards for the state of California. Every day, 10,000 gallons of sewer-mined wastewater will be recycled and used for sub-surface irrigation, minimizing the base's water usage in drought-prone San Diego.