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Water Reuse Study E-Update - December 2004

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Welcome to our first issue

The Water Reuse Study team has created this "E-Update" to bring you up-to-date on Study activities and provide news about the recycled water industry. Each issue will be posted on this website. We are sending e-mail announcements of new issues to persons who have expressed an interest in the Study. If you did not receive an e-mail announcement and would like to, please join our news group. If you did receive an announcement about this issue, you are automatically in the news group.

If you are new to the Water Reuse Study, the Study Overview will provide helpful background information. The Frequently Asked Questions section contains additional material that also may be of interest.

Olivenhain Municipal Water District to buy City recycled water

On December 7, the San Diego City Council approved an agreement to sell up to 400 acre feet per year (.36 million gallons per day) of recycled water produced by the North City Water Reclamation Plant to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD). The water will initially be used for irrigation at four golf courses currently served by the Olivenhain MWD. The first purchases of recycled water in the 20-year contract with OMWD will begin in 2005.

The water will be delivered through a recycled water transmission main that parallels Miramar Road eastward and then northward along Black Mountain Road to the connection with OMWD on San Dieguito Road. This pipeline will also deliver recycled water to the Santaluz Golf Course and the North Villages development, located north of the Carmel Valley area.

American Assembly Workshop I

For three days in October, 60 representatives from across San Diego met to discuss the Water Reuse Study, gave their opinions to the Study team, and created a public Statement. Beginning with a large group meeting, participants then broke into small facilitated discussion groups.

Participants analyzed criteria for the Study team to use when researching and evaluating the various options to increase the use of recycled water in the City. In May 2005, the American Assembly participants will reconvene to review the analysis of all the options. The White Paper reviewed by the participants, the Assembly Statement, and Media Release can be found on the Public Involvement page.

Orange County Water District project

The Orange County Water District "Groundwater Replenishment System" project will use advanced treated recycled water to supplement a groundwater basin that is used to supply water to many Orange County residents. The water will be used to expand a barrier of fresh water in the underground water basin near the coast to keep seawater from seeping into the basin. Recycled water produced at the highest level (tertiary level) will undergo further advanced treatment to produce a product that exceeds drinking water standards.

Ground-breaking on the advanced treatment facility in Fountain Valley was held on September 20, 2004. The advanced treatment process includes two membrane filtration systems - microfiltration and reverse osmosis. The water then will receive additional disinfection by ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide. Once purified, the water will either be injected by wells or percolate into the groundwater basin through holding ponds. The low mineral content of the "ultra pure" water will improve the water quality in the underground basin.

A press release on the project is included in the News Articles of Interest section of this website. "Governor Schwarzenegger Commends Orange County Water Purification Project" (PDF)

California WateReuse Conference 2005

The WateReuse Association is a national organization that promotes the use of recycled water and provides an informational forum for professionals in the recycled water industry. The California Section of the Association will hold its third annual conference in San Diego on February 27 - March 1, 2005. The focus for the conference is "Water Recycling: Realizing California's Potential."

In the news

News Articles of Interest - a chronological compilation with links to articles, materials and information about recycled water and related topics. Recent additions include:

  • Orange County takes up plan flushed by L.A.
  • Drought far from over

Be sure to visit these and other areas of our website

  • Speakers Bureau information - how to contact the Study team for a presentation, a list of completed presentations, and a downloadable flyer on the Speakers Bureau.