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Recycled Water Use

Recycled Water Use Set To Expand In San Clemente

As an environmentally friendly green initiative and to increase our reliability of water supplies, the City will expand its abil- ity to reduce its dependency on imported water from Metropolitan Water District by approximately 8%. The water will replace potable water currently used for irrigation purposes. The Recycled Water Expan- sion project will increase the production of recycled water at the City-operated water reclamation plant and provide for expan- sion of the City’s recycled water storage and distribution network. The project seeks to more than double the amount of recycled water produced at the City’s wastewater treatment plant.

The project, which began this past month, includes 9 miles of pipelines, a 2 million gallon reservoir conversion to recycled water, a new 200,000 gallon potable water reservoir, a pressure- reducing station and water reclamation expansion from 2.2 to 5 million gallons per day. The San Clemente City Council approved the $25.11 million project, which includes a boost of $6.2 million in state grant funding pursued by the City’s Engineering staff (the State of California provided $5.7 million in grants and the federal government $500,000).

The recycled water expansion project represents the third largest project in the City’s history that will extend pipelines and access to recycled water to a number of facilities throughout San Clemente and expand the customer base. The project will be conducted in three phases and take approximately one year for construction of the pipelines and reservoir work and one and one-half years to construct the treat- ment plant. It will take another three years for the City’s customer base to convert to use recycled water. The City has already identified 108 customers for the water.

Local water reuse projects, such as this one, can have a significant impact on our local community by conserving our most precious resource and help us reduce costs. These projects are the way of the future in drought plagued states like California. Investing in innovative water recycling projects is one of the smartest investments our local government can make. For more information about San Clemente’s water reuse project, please contact Assistant City Engineer Dave Rebensdorf at (949) 361-6130.