Recycled water gains a foothold in California
Note: When we look at the rest of the worlds water problems, the ones of water starved California seem to be tiny, yet the significance and cost of this effort can not be overlooked. There is some sadness that the recycle water that is seen as impure in California, would be seen as gold in many parts of the world.
$1.9 million grant to help build recycled water pipeline
By Rachel McGrath
Monday, September 14, 2009
Ventura County Star web
The federal government has granted $1.9 million in economic stimulus funds to help build a pipeline to distribute recycled water in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
The 24-inch pipeline will carry recycled water from the Tapia Water Reclamation Facility in Malibu Canyon and will tie into an existing distribution system nearly two miles to the north at Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway.
Officials say the pipeline represents another stage in local efforts to expand the delivery and use of recycled water amid a state water shortage.
The Tapia plant is owned and operated jointly by the Las Virgenes district and the Triunfo Sanitation District, which together provide wastewater treatment, recycled water and other services for a region that includes Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, parts of Thousand Oaks and neighboring areas of eastern Ventura County and western Los Angeles County.
The grant money was awarded to the Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority by the federal Bureau of Reclamation’s water efficiency Challenge Grant Program, which is part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The total cost of the pipeline project is estimated at $4.5 million. After the $1.9 million federal grant, the balance of the cost, roughly $2.5 million, will be funded by the Joint Powers Authority.
David Lippman, director of facilities and operations for the Las Virgenes district, said the pipeline will be about 9,000 feet long. Future stages of development will add to the distribution system to deliver more recycled water to customers, he said.
“The use of recycled water decreases the amount of potable water brought into the district and so this is developing a local water resource,” Lippman said. “It also takes less energy to recycle water locally than to import it from the State Water Project,” which delivers water from Northern California to Southern California.
The federal stimulus money is designed to fund projects that will create immediate jobs, and work on the recycled water pipeline is expected to begin in October and to be completed by May 2010. Lippman said the contract for the construction project is currently out to bid.
The Las Virgenes district delivers about 6,500 acre feet of recycled water a year — roughly 2.1 billion gallons — which represents about 20 percent of the district’s annual water demand, he said.