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Water Reuse Study E-Update - June 2006

The Water Reuse Study team has created this "E-Update" to keep 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 may also be of interest.

Tours for Recycled Water Customers at North City Water Reclamation Plant

In celebration of Water Awareness Month, the City of San Diego Water Department offered tours of the North City Water Reclamation Plant on May 24, 30, and 31, 2006. The tours drew 39 high level representatives from companies that currently use recycled water for irrigation, commercial and/or industrial processes and five representatives from companies that are considering future recycled water use.

The tours provided an opportunity for current and future recycled water customers to engage in a dialogue with field and engineering staff regarding the use of recycled water and to explore options to enhance their business operations through its use. The tour also provided an opportunity for customers to observe first-hand the recycled water treatment process and the steps in place that protect public health and San Diego's unique environment

Tours of the North City Water Reclamation Plant and the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant are available to school, community, civic and professional groups throughout the year. Groups of five or more can request a tour by calling (619) 533-7556.

San Diego Science Fair Students Study Recycled Water Issues

Members of the San Diego Regional Chapter of the WateReuse Association judged 35 science exhibits at the 52nd Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair in Balboa Park on March 29. Based on the judges' recommendations, the Association awarded prizes to six San Diego area middle school students. The 35 exhibits were selected for review based on their subject matter: recycled water, water quality and desalination. This year's entries were exceptional, with many students displaying a genuine interest in recycled water issues. In addition to judging the content of the exhibit, the Association's judges also considered the student's skill in explaining the project to the judges.

All of the Association's 2006 awards went to junior high students in grades 7 and 8. In past years, high school level students have also won prizes. The students and their parents were invited to the May 17 meeting of the San Diego Regional Chapter, where they were honored and received their prizes.

The winning projects were:

Grand Prize: "Reduction of Fertilizer Contaminates in Agricultural Runoff," 8th grader, Rincon Middle School

Second Place: "Terminators of Turbidity," 8th grader, San Pasqual Union School

Third Place: "Water Purification through Filtration," 7th grader, Pershing Middle School

Honorable Mention: "Differences in Total Dissolved Solids from Houses," 8th grader, Wangenheim Middle School

Honorable Mention: "Water Quality in Lakes, Rivers and Creeks," 8th grader, Marshall Middle School

Honorable Mention: "Effects of Nitrogen and Phosphorus on Eutrophication and Primary Productivity," 8th grader, Marshall Middle School

City Staff Educates High School Students on Recycled Water

On June 10, 2006, Water Department staff spoke to more than 100 high school students about the benefits of recycled water use at the Technology Showcase hosted by the School of Science, Connections and Technology - Kearny High Complex. Students were able to examine their values, attitudes, and beliefs regarding recycled water and discover how recycled water will help meet San Diego's future water needs.

City staff explained the recycled water treatment process and answered questions regarding its use. Students were able to look at engineering maps and examine purple-colored recycled water distribution pipes. Research projects created by the students about recycled water and environmental protection were on display during the event.

Upcoming Conference to Address Recycled Water

The WateReuse Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association will host the WateReuse Association�s 21st Annual Symposium, September 10-13, 2006 in Hollywood, California. This year�s symposium will focus on both water reuse and desalination as alternative sources in today�s water-scarce world.

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:

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.
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