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Regional San to Re-Open Recycled Water Fill Station for 2017

Offering free recycled water – A smart and sustainable choice for residential and commercial users

Elk Grove, CA – On May 22, 2017, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) will re-open its Recycled Water Fill Station for the 2017 season. The fill station is located at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove. Recycled water offers residential and commercial users a free, safe and sustainable choice to irrigate lawns, gardens and landscaping or for dust control or other permitted uses.  Continue reading

Delta Diablo Wins Governor’s Award for Sustainability Leadership

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.

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The Original Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Closes for Expansion Project

DSRSD Recycled Water Fill Station

DSRSD Recycled Water Fill Station

On Tuesday, December 6th 2016, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) awarded a contract to upgrade their recycled water facility to produce more recycled water. This project will increase plant production by 70%, leading to an increase from 9.7 MGD (million gallons a day) to 16.2 MGD. Work is scheduled to begin in January 2017 and last 18 months until the fall of 2018. Continue reading

City of Livermore: Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Remains Closed

Update: Fill station returns on limited basis. See full list here: Where to get free recycled water.

The City of Livermore has decided to NOT re-open their famous Residential Recycled Water Fill Station for the summer 2016 recycled water hauling season. Seen as a major let down to city residents, the fill station operated at the Livermore treatment plant at 101 W. Jack London Blvd, was poised to re-open with improved hours to appeal to residential haulers.

With the State of California declaring the drought over, city officials deemed operation of the costly fill station wasn’t needed.

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Statewide Fill Station Status

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

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EBMUD’s Double Standard

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has a problem and it has disappointed a few of their customers. Fueled by Jerry Brown’s state mandate to reduce water usage, EBMUD’s Board of Directors increased conservation targets from 15% to 20% in April 2015. EBMUD claimed their East Bay residents were only conserving 6%. So they set out to curb those limits.

For starters, they said you can only water 2 days per week. Then they said you couldn’t water between 9:00AM and 6:00PM. Next, EBMUD put out brochures to encourage their customers to water their trees. ‘18” deep‘ it reads, ‘up to 70% of the tree’s root zone.’ For large trees, that could be up to 1,000 gallons per month, per tree.

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5 Minutes with City of San Ramon Mayor – Bill Clarkson

Bill Clarkson - Mayor

Bill Clarkson – Mayor

RecycledH2O had a conversation with Mayor Bill Clarkson from the City of San Ramon and we discussed the use of recycled water through city parks and median strips. Below is that conversation.

When was it decided that recycled water was needed apart of the infrastructure?

In 1995, a partnership called DSRSD-EBMUD Recycled Water Authority (DERWA), between Dublin San Ramon Services District and East Bay Municipal Utility District was created to provide “a safe, reliable and consistent supply of recycled water, and to maximize the amount of recycled water delivered.”

The San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program (SRVRWP) currently provides recycled water to customers in Dublin and San Ramon. Future phases will extend recycled water delivery to portions of Blackhawk and Danville.

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In The News… Recycled Water Video Clips

This page is meant to showcase all the news stories from the various agencies on Recycled Water in the SF Bay Area. If the videos don’t play, click the link to watch them on their respective stations websites. Enjoy!

News stations are mixed together. Tried to sort the video news stories with newest first. Will add more to the top when they become available.

Want to know how you can get started with recycled water? Or looking for a recycled water fill station? We have the information you need to water your yard with Recycled Water.

Posted: September 9, 2015

Free recycled water available for landscape use

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Congressman McNerney Calls on Congress to Authorize Regional Water Recycling Projects

7/03/2015: Updated to include news report from KTVU

Congressman Jerry McNerney may represent parts of East Contra Costa County and Stockton, but he sure took to heart the need for recycled water treatment plants in the area that need funding to expand. In a press release published today, Jerry called upon Congress to authorize funding for Regional Water Recycling Projects from Yountville to Fresno and Redwood City to  Oakley with everything in between.

I’m calling on Congress and introducing legislation to authorize more regional water projects – because expanding water recycling is one component of a comprehensive solution needed to address California’s long-term drought challenges. In this extreme drought, California communities a struggling to conserve the limited water available. That’s why it’s important to continue investing in water recycling technologies that treat wastewater and augment current supplies.  Funding these projects creates additional water supplies available to ease pressure off the Delta, irrigate public spaces, grow crops, increase the potable water supply, and support environmental restoration. Jerry McNerney – Representative of California’s 9th District

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What Can I Do To Lower My Water Usage? – Homeowner edition

current_ca_trdLast night, on the news, nearly every news station had a story on the drought and how you must reduce. But how many of them provided good, quality tips on ways that really work?

June 1st, 2015 marked the date where water reduction mandates would take effect. Homeowners MUST reduce their usage by up to 38% depending on where they live. The complete list is available here for “conservation standard” for your water company – information that is available at the State Water Resource Control Board website.

East Bay Municipal Utilities District – 16% reduction
Contra Costa Water District – 28% reduction

As a homeowner – what steps can you take to lower your usage – starting today to going extreme?

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