The Inland Empire Brine Line (Brine Line) is intended to provide a cost-effective, sustainable means of disposal of non-reclaimable wastes for utilities and industry within the Santa Ana River Watershed.

The highest and best use of the Brine Line is the removal of salts from the Watershed to keep them from degrading water quality within the Watershed, thereby allowing better use of groundwater resources and expanding the ability to reclaim water.

The long-term goal of achieving salt balance within the region depends on the ability to remove salts from the watershed via the Inland Empire Brine Line. Further use of desalters depends on an economical means of salt disposal and ultimately will depend on an economically viable regional Inland Empire Brine Line.

There are two ways to dispose of wastewater to the Inland Empire Brine Line.

1. Direct Discharge

A Direct Discharge Customer is close enough to construct a direct-connection and produce enough waste to economically justify the connection cost.

2. Trucked Salty Wastewater

Trucked Salty Wastewater Customers typically generate a small amount of high TDS waste or are not located close enough to the Inland Empire Brine Line to make a direct connection. Salty wastewater is disposed of at one of the four Brine Line Collection Stations by contracting with a permitted salty wastewater trucker (refer to map below for location of the Collection Stations). Everyone within the SAWPA service area is within 20 miles of a Collection Station.