Photo Left-Right: Mike Bakaldin (Interim General Manager), Phil Govea (Engineering Services Director), Joaquin Gonzalez (Operations Manager), Amanda Roa (Environmental Programs Manager), and Robert Brothers (Environmental Compliance Specialist II)
Delta Diablo, a Water Resource Recovery Leader in eastern Contra Costa County was honored in Sacramento last night with a prestigious 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).
GEELA is California’s highest environmental honor, administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.
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.
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
For the monthly fill station stats article, I’d like to focus on the people that make recycled water happen, because recycled water isn’t created by magic. It’s made by possible by thousands of people who believe in protecting the environment. Be it operating equipment, troubleshooting electrical, mechanical and instrumentation problems, and maintaining the pipeline infrastructure buried in our communities.
Many of these employees are members of the California Water Environment Association and are responsible for cleaning California’s water and returning it safely to the environment. CWEA’s members’ play an important roll at every residential recycled water fill station in California. Thank you, CWEA members by supporting this drought conscious program and continuing to protect public health and the environment. Interested in a career in water? Visit cawaterjobs.org
In addition to sharing how much recycled water was hauled away by users at each fill station, we’d like to praise the public employees who make it all possible!
We’re changing things up this time around, the last two articles got ridiculously long – but they were full of tons of important information. This time around, we’re doing a little social media campaign, each agency will be tagged with their data on Facebook and Twitter (if applicable). Like, comment, follow and share the posts with your friends.
Every gallon of recycled water hauled saves a gallon of drinking water. If you haven’t taken the plunge, now is great time to do so. Pro tip: California is still experiencing a drought, do something about it!
I reached out to every residential recycled water fill station in California, 27 in total (DSRSD operates two locations, so really 26), here is the data from those that have responded.
Agency totals since opening.
Water agencies across the state are lowering their water conservation targets and as I’ve seen around my neighborhood, some homeowners are back to over-watering their grass by flooding their front yard and watering the sidewalk. It would appear that mandatory water use cuts last year have become just a thing of the past.
As water use requirements drop, many agencies have wondered how this will impact residential recycled water fill station operations. Will recycled water haulers who visit any of the 22 recycled water fill stations in the state continue to fill up or revert back to using their sprinklers? How has activity changed month over month or year over year? We’ll show you the numbers.
Last month Governor Jerry Brown decided that water conservation standards could be reduced, despite 95% of the state still being in some level of drought. With these reductions, homeowners were allowed to increase their landscape irrigation.
We discovered however, that interest in residential recycled water fill stations has increased as well and with it, demand is growing once again. Hauling recycled water saves drinking water and “it’s the right thing to do.”
This month we’ve taken a different approach to our normal fill station stats article. We’ve reached out to a few of the agencies that provide data to this blog to ask a simple question “What else does <agency name> do with recycled water?”
The results blew our socks off.
What does it take to be a Water Resource Recovery leader? Easy, first recover as much water from wastewater influent, second utilizing the resources in the waste to do something sustainable, third recover power used by some renewable process, and fourth, be a leader while doing so.
Who comes to mind when this applied? Delta Diablo.
City of American Canyon gives away Recycled Water too!
California Governor Jerry Brown declared “water conservation a way of life” this week, with the expectation that people will be mindful and conserve water. Good thing California is chock full of environmentally friendly people that want to do the right thing, even if that means spending countless hours and gallons of gasoline hauling drought resistant recycled water from a filling station to their home.
RecycledH2O receives usage stats from a number of agencies across the golden state – their information for the month of April is below in no particular order.
You’ve seen our map and you know we track Residential Recycled Water Fill Stations in the state of California. But did you know there are many that closed this winter that plan to re-open this summer?
I’ve spent the past few days calling each one and have great news! Most of your favorite fill stations have decided to turn the taps back on and will be opening or expanding their hours starting in May 2016. Which fill stations are they? Read on for details.
Updated 4/22/16: Delta Diablo to re-open on April 30, 2016 @ 9:00AM