Tag Archives: wastewater reuse

Durban residents object to wastewater reuse plan….

“More than 5 000 Durban residents have given the thumbs-down to the city’s controversial toilet-to-tap water recycling proposal.” Click here for more….

Fontana (CA) to use recycled water…

A recycled water distribution system will be constructed that will save drinking water and use a less expensive alternative for landscaping and commercial uses. The project is a partnership between the city of Fontana, Fontana Water Co. and the Chino-based Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Click here for more…..

“toilet to tap” rebranded

Recycled wastewater is not always easily accepted by the public….so “toilet to tap” is getting a makeover….click here for an interesting article on labeling…..

Visalia (CA) seeks to trade recycled water for Sierra run-off

“Although an agreement between Tulare Irrigation District and the city of Visalia has not been finalized, the two groups are working on a 10-year water exchange agreement that would likely continue well beyond that, said Paul Hendrix, general manager for the TID. A pipeline would be built two miles south from the waste water treatment plant to deliver highly treated water 24/7 to the TID facility to be used for irrigation.”

“In wet years when there is a surplus of water, the TID would pay back the city and fill up 80-acre ponding basins just east of Visalia and within city limits to replenish the city’s water table.”

Click here for the full news article….


Orange County Water District (CA) open house – July 28, 2012


You’re Invited!

For the event information, please click on http://www.ocwd.com/Events/ca-186.aspx.

OCWD & OCSD Community Open House

“Working together for you!”

You’re invited to see first-hand the cutting-edge work conducted at the Orange County Water District (OCWD) at a Community Open House with the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aside from fun, food and activities; it’s the perfect opportunity to tour the world renowned Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) that draws visitors from every corner of the globe. Tours of OCSD’s wastewater treatment plant will also be offered hourly during the event. Kids will love OCWD’s activities planned especially with them in mind, such as pHun with Water, Watershed Wildlife, Separate the Molecules, and Build an Aquifer. We hope these activities will help kids appreciate the vast groundwater basin that provides a reliable source of drinking water for 2.5 million people in Orange County. To demonstrate how an aquifer system works, kids and kids at heart attending the open house can build their own mini groundwater model complete with a “production well.”

Attendees will also learn how we use microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultra violet light to purify water. At the Watershed Wildlife booth, guests at the open house will learn about OCWD’s work in the upper watershed and its habitat restoration programs. Santa Ana River water replenishes the groundwater basin after having traveled through OCWD’s wetlands above Prado Dam. The river not only supports fish and bird habitats in the Prado basin, but it’s a significant source of water utilized by OCWD to replenish the groundwater basin. As part of a conservation agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), OCWD has created more than 460 acres of habitat for the endangered least Bell’s vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and funded more than $3 million in mitigation and monitoring measures for the vireo program.

So, we hope to see you on July 28. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for food, activities, prizes, entertainment and more! You can also help us keep pharmaceuticals out of the sewers. The Fountain Valley Police Department will be on-site to collect and properly dispose of expired and unused medications. You may enter the event at either location: 18700 Ward Street (OCWD) or 10844 Ellis Avenue (OCSD) in Fountain Valley. For more information, call OCWD at (714) 378-3202.

Dublin San Ramon Services District (CA) to use more recycled water

The Dublin San Ramon Services District board approved a $2.1 million contract to increase the district’s recycled water system.  This will result in  4.4 million gallons of drinking water being available to supply 425 households.

Of course, a $1.3 million state grant was used to help pay for it. Thus, this project appears to be financially and environmentally unsustainable.

Water projects like this sound great, who could be against them? The only problem….they cannot be financed without state control and state/federal money….putting them in the category of a “pork barrel” project. So it looks like these city politicians win, and Californians lose, because they pay for most of it.


California Recycled Water Policy proposal comments due July 3, 2012

An amendment to the California Recycled Water Policy is proposed to add monitoring requirements for constituents of emerging concern (CECs) in recycled water. Click here…..

The State Water Board is accepting comments on the proposed changes. Written comments must be received by 12:00 noon on July 3, 2012, …..click here for details…..