“The Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant is the last, big sewage-processing facility in the country that hasn’t met the federal standard of secondary treatment. Getting up to speed would cost $1.5 billion to $2 billion before interest charges, [San Diego] city officials said.
“The Sonoma County Water Agency is in the final days of building a $10 million, 3.4-mile pipeline to bring recycled water from the nearby Sonoma Valley sewage treatment plant to the former salt plant, now owned by the state and known as the Napa-Sonoma Salt Marsh.
“The agency plans to hold a ceremony Friday to mark the completion of the pipeline, including elected officials and representatives from the local, state, and federal agencies involved in the long-term salt marsh restoration effort.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“Independent experts from some of California’s biggest universities and environmental consulting firms have weighed in on two important issues related to the future of recycled water in California.
“In new reports released Tuesday that were submitted last year to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), advisory panels convened by the National Water Research Institute looked at the public health questions associated with using treated recycled wastewater on California food crops, and explored the viability of a
“This fall, Santa Clara county residents will get a new source of water. This water is local and pristine. In fact, it’s cleaner than almost anything coming out of taps today. But – for now at least – no one will drink it.
“Instead, water from the $68 million Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center will flow into segregated, purple pipes to irrigate lawns and cool power plants.”
“The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard an update June 27 on the city’s Water Purification Demonstration Project, which has proved that purified water can be produced and safely added to the San Vicente Reservoir.
“San Diego City Council commissioned the purification project to study the feasibility of turning recycled water into purified water for drinking as concerns rise about the future challenges of the city’s limited water supplies.”
“Participants in the review of California American Water’s Peninsula water supply project will have two more weeks to find common ground on a range of issues regarding the overall proposal, including the use of recycled water.”
“Why use water treated to drinking standards to irrigate a golf course when there are other ways to do that? It’s an idea that deserves full consideration….Ignore the claims of plastic-industry lobbyists who say bag bans are based on unfounded stats, junk science and myths. Chances are unfortunately good that the plastic bag left at the beach ends up at the bottom of the ocean.”