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Water Reuse Study E-Update - August 2005

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.

Warm Weather Tips for Water Conservation

Because of the warmer weather and low rainfall, water use in San Diego peaks in the summer, primarily due to outdoor irrigation. Residents are encouraged to conserve water, both indoors and outdoors, during the hot summer months. Below are some tips from the City's Water Department to help save water during this time:

  • Adjust the timer on your automatic sprinklers to avoid over watering. The Landscape Watering Calculator on the Water Department's website can help you create a customized watering schedule.
  • Aim sprinklers carefully to avoid watering driveways and the sidewalk.
  • Use a mulching attachment on your mower that cuts up grass into smaller pieces that you can leave on your lawn. This layer increases nourishment and reduces water evaporation.
  • Plant low-water or drought tolerant plants in your garden. Information about these plants can be found at www.bewaterwise.com.
  • Cover your pool when it's not in use to prevent water loss through evaporation.
  • Fill pools, spas and fountains during off-peak hours (8 pm - 6 am) and off-peak days (Friday-Sunday).

In addition to conservation, increasing the use of recycled water can help the City meet its summer water demands. Currently, in high demand months (hot summer weather), the City distributes about 9 million gallons of recycled water per day, primarily for irrigation. This amount is reduced in winter months due to lower demands for irrigation. The Water Reuse Study has outlined strategies that would allow for high summer production of recycled water and create storage opportunities, such as reservoirs, that would store un-used recycled water produced during low demand periods (cooler, rainy months).

PUAC Reviews Water Reuse Study

On August 15, 2005, the Public Utilities Advisory Commission (PUAC) heard a presentation on the City of San Diego's Water Reuse Study 2005. City Water Department officials presented information on the Study's Interim Report, which outlines six strategies proposed to increase the City's use of recycled water. The Commission voted to accept the interim report and referred it to their Public Education Committee for further discussion and review. The committee will report back to the PUAC at their meeting on November 21, 2005. After the PUAC takes a final vote on the report, it will be forwarded to the Natural Resources & Culture committee of the City Council. City Council consideration of the Study will follow.

Santaluz Club Using Recycled Water

The Santaluz Club is now receiving recycled water from the North City Water Reclamation Plant for its two golf courses. The recycled water is delivered through the Black Mountain Recycled Water Pipeline. The golf courses were designed and built to receive recycled water. In addition to the two golf courses, the Santaluz Club has a residential development, community areas and other amenities.

Padre Dam Municipal Water District to Study Recycled Water Use for Home Irrigation

The Padre Dam Municipal Water District Board of Directors recently voted to investigate the possibility of requiring new homes in its service area to include dual piping for recycled water that would be used for the homes' outdoor irrigation. The water district serves the City of Santee and several other east county communities. The District already distributes recycled water for irrigation at businesses, parks, school grounds and residential common areas in Santee.

With the approval of the 1,380-home community of Fanita Ranch to be built in Santee, water district staff saw possibilities to add residential landscaping to the already planned use of recycled water in the common areas of the new development. A similar project is the Serrano development in El Dorado County in northern California, which uses recycled water for residential landscaping in addition to the development's common areas.

The Padre Dam District will examine how much the dual plumbing system for outdoor irrigation would add to the cost of a new home. While the infrastructure is expected to add to the cost, homeowners would have the benefit of lower priced recycled water, so savings could be realized over the long term. A report will be made to the Padre Dam Municipal Water District Board of Directors at the conclusion of the analysis.

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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