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CCCSD Fill Station Routes Traffic Along New Route

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Due to heavy traffic volumes at the Recycled Water Fill Station at the Household Hazardous Wastes facility at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, a new traffic pattern has been implemented to better serve the community.

Visitors to the fill station are to enter through the gate near the intersection of Imhoff Drive and Blum Road. Drive south along the frontage road and turn left on to Imhoff Place near the CCCSD Headquarters Office Building and visitor parking lots. Then drive north down Imhoff Place, on the left as depicted by the cones to the Recycled Water fill station area.

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Why is there a 300 gallon limit on Recycled Water?

300 gallon IBC tote filling in the back of a work truck.

This question has plagued me for a months and something I always wondered. Why is there a 300 gallon limit at a Free Recycled Water Fill Station?

Is it because most IBC totes are 275-300 gallons? Not quite.

Is it because its written in Title 22 of the Recycled Water regulation? Good luck reading 86 pages, you won’t find it there.

Is it because any volume more and you should get a water meter for the truck hydrant fill program? Nope!

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Hauling 275 gallons of Recycled Water with an IBC Tote

I bought a house last year that I share with my girlfriend and dog. Like any guy that is mechanical in nature I would much rather be outside working in the yard than being couped up inside playing on the computer. With the California drought, I took an interest in hauling RecycledH2O as I drive a massive truck and have a thirsty lawn and yard. Here is my story.

WP_20150417_005-1I drive a Ford F350 which can support over 2600 lbs in the truck bed. I tried the 150 gallon bladder option but would much rather transport more water per trip as my truck can handle the load. I wanted to haul more water, so I found a 275 gallon IBC tote on Craigslist for a little more than $100. It worked perfectly for my needs.

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Adventures at CCCSD Residential Fill Station

Earlier this week I posted Step-by-Step – Getting and Unloading RecycledH2O from CCCSD Residential Fill Station. This is a follow-up in regards to the Adventures at CCCSD Residential Fill Station.

When the fill station first opened in November 2014, they didn’t have much activity. In December it rained cats and dogs and flooded parts of Sausalito. Same for January. Soon word got out and the onslaught of Free Recycled Water hungry residents descended on the Residential Fill Station at CCCSD in Martinez. CentralSan had a need to promote their fill station – its usage is apart of their 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.

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Step-by-Step – Getting and Unloading RecycledH2O from CCCSD Residential Fill Station

I wrote my first post on Getting Started with RecycledH2O rather quickly and realized I may have left things out. I hope with this post it clarifies things a little.

My truck bed supports ~ 1200 lbs which is about 143 gallons of water (1200lbs divided by 8.34 lbs/gallon =143 gallons). I bought a 150 gallon tank that fits in the back of my truck. Larger trucks could support more weight, smaller vehicles hold less. It all depends on how much water you need and what is your application.

Things You Will Need (in no particular order)

  • Vehicle to transport water with – a gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs
  • Tank to hold water in – should have a screw on cap/lid
  • Hose connection to unload tank
  • Pump (or gravity fed)
  • Discharge hose/piping to water yard or fill on site tank

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Hand Watering with Recycled H2O

Part 1 – Getting Started With Recycled Water

Part 2 – Continues below

Part 3 – Tips & Tricks to Unload Recycled Water More Efficiently Added July, 7, 2015

The first time driving home was interesting. It took longer to get home, but I didn’t care. My lawn was dormant (probably dead) but I wanted to see if that would change. This would be the first of many loads.

Lets establish a baseline of how dead the front yard looked prior to watering.


Nearly dead grass, lilies suffering, etc.

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Getting started with free recycled water

Recycled Water is “Drought Resistant” meaning you can use as much of it as you want as long as you know where to get it and how to transport it.

If you have a vehicle, you can haul recycled water from a treatment plant to your home and use it to irrigate your landscape – like lawns, flower gardens, trees, vegetable plants; or use it to make concrete or for dust control or re-filling your recirculating fountain or for flushing your toilets! Recycled water is perfect for anything that needs water but won’t be used for drinking by pets or humans.

Once you’ve established interest in hauling recycled water – there are three things you need to know before diving in.

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