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Recycled Water Fill Station Stats – October 2016

Source: IRWD.com

Source: IRWD.com

Updated: 11/15/2016 with data from Dublin San Ramon Services District & City of Brentwood

The end of October marked a closing day for many fill stations as they grapple with staying open for the winter where demand for recycled water has become historically low and being unable to distribute recycled water 48 hours after any significant rainfall. For many, a reduction in fill station hours but for others, closing up shop until the spring. How much recycled water was given away last month? Find out in our monthly recycled water fill station stats.

Below are a few agencies that have some pertinent residential recycled water fill station information to report.

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October 2016 – Content Roll Up

Found on google.com

Found on google.com

Another month in the books, this time we started a new water year and have seen residential recycled water fill stations close up shops for the winter rainy season. Many others have reduced hours of operation as there is fewer demand. Either way, this blog still wrote a few articles and began the transition into our winter topic – rainwater harvesting.

Come see all the article you missed and some pertinent social media stats.

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To flush or not to flush – Halloween candy wrappers

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Every Halloween something spooky shows up at the local wastewater treatment plant.

It is not the ghosts of goldfish passed, its the ridiculous volume of Halloween candy wrappers. Trash, if you will.

Now, while trash is a topic treatment plants will bore you with (think about those flushable wipes!), pollution caused by candy wrappers is real and only people who spend a decent amount of time dealing with it will speak up and say anything about it. So here goes:

Educate your children is it NOT OK to flush candy wrappers!

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California’s Missed Opportunity

Earlier last week, the National Weather Service in Sacramento held a weather chat on Twitter as an atmospheric river event was going to be barreling down on California. It was open to anyone to ask a meteorologist a question. I asked (on my personal Twitter account):

“When this storm passes, is it possible to calculate how much water fell across the state? #cawx”

@NWSSacramento’s video response:

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September 2016 – Content Roll Up

No better time than the present to do a content roll up, even if I’m 19 days late.

Lets get straight to it. As normal, 4 articles were written, impressions from twitter were off the charts and international interest from South Africa was on the rise as well. Lets see what went down.

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Recycled Water Fill Station Stats – 2016 Water Year

Found on google.com

Found on google.com

10-13-2016: Updated to include Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

We have just begun a new water year, which means now is a good time to close the books on 2016 and talk about it. Lets analyze fill station activity and ask “how much recycled water did <agency name> produce in the 2016 water year?”

As we have learned from the recent State Water Resource Control Board water conservation numbers, California residents are not continuing to conserve as much despite the fact that we’re now heading into a 6th year of drought.  When homeowners are faced with mandatory water conservation requirements, people will do the right thing (conserve), but when rules changed to voluntary participation, so did their water usage behavior.  Continue reading

Pumps for unloading recycled water

pumpsThere are many different manufacturers of pumps that are excellent at unloading recycled water tanks, barrels or bags. They all serve a purpose, but vary by size, weight and capacity. Some pumps may look the same and function the same but are branded differently.

We’ve chosen a few that we’ve seen most often, they’re mostly purchased at Harbor Freight due to price and availability. Many people hauling recycled water wanted to do so on the cheap and Harbor Freight helped to make that possible.

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Combat Carbon Atmospheric Levels With Trees

Tesla posted an article on their Facebook page about Carbon Dioxde (CO2) emissions passing the 400PPM mark, of which they then followed it up with a battery storage post. News flash, batteries don’t store CO2. Tree’s do. We should plant more trees.


As seen in the graphic from NASA above, tree’s should be planted in area’s where the red color is darkest. This is where we’ll have the biggest impact.
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Unlocking your gardens growth potential

Like many of you, I tore out my lawn and put in a California drought friendly garden. Complete with drip irrigation, mulch and drought tolerant plants. Even with this landscape change, I still haul recycled water. As I’ve said many of times before, I do it because its the right thing to do.

Even though the plants don’t need much water, I still irrigate with drinking water through the drip system twice a week for a few minutes each time. On days when I bring recycled water home, I get to choose which plants get it and which don’t,  this has allowed me to perform a test and the results are key to unlocking your gardens full potential.

There are many different flowering plants in my garden, but there are two I want to focus on. Crinum (Cry-num) and Bulbinella (bulb-in-nell-uh).
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Connecting a recycled water tank to an in-ground irrigation system

Recycled water plumbed to above ground irrigation system

Recycled water plumbed to an above ground flexible irrigation system.

UPDATE: 9/23/2016 – This type of connection is illegal for residential customers obtaining recycled water from DSRSD’s fill station. Users will lose fill station privileges by connecting their recycled water tank to any in-ground irrigation. This counts a violation of their use agreement.

It has come up so many times in the past, homeowners want to connect their recycled water tanks to their irrigation system to quickly get water on the plants they want. Even if you’re a DIY-er with irrigation system experience, per your signed user agreement – you are not allowed to connect your recycled water tank into hard-piped or buried irrigation systems.

There is even an article written about it, titled “Plumbing Recycled Water to on-site Irrigation – What you need to know – it is ILLEGAL to do it!

But yet there is still the appeal, hauling and unloading recycled water takes a lot of time, why not just hook it up?

We spoke with Ben Glickstein, Community Affairs Representative at East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) about their stance when it comes to homeowners wishing to plumb recycled water to their irrigation system.

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