My word_ recycled water projects could be hurt by new regs

In the most recent drought, customers have sacrificed and conserved. Baseball games for pc Locally, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (Central San) recycled water efforts combined with Contra Costa Water District’s (CCWD) conservation, storage, and regional connections have helped navigate several dry/drought years.

As state officials examine long-term water use efficiency regulations that propose major changes to the state’s authority over local water use, we are concerned that they are not giving proper recognition for investments in recycled water, and you, as a paying customer, should be too.

State officials have recently released a new water use efficiency framework entitled, “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.” This framework outlines a new approach to the state’s regulatory oversight on residential water use and targets to which local water agencies will be held accountable.

This is a change from the previous regulation of 20 percent conservation by 2020, and would implement more complex measurements of local water use and conservation goals. Garden of the gods wedding This step by the state raises concerns about taking over local control and overlooking unique conditions depending on location.

CCWD provided comments to the state regarding concerns about how new regulations would be enforced and accounted for on a local basis — including how recycled water is accounted for as part of a local supply.

CCWD and Central San agree that the state’s proposed framework diminishes existing investments made in recycled water and eliminates incentives to invest in future recycled water projects. First pitch This should be amended.

CCWD has worked with Central San and others to implement projects to provide recycled water for landscape irrigation and industrial use. Fantasy baseball team names generator In fact, approximately 10 percent of all CCWD’s water demand is met with recycled water provided by local wastewater agencies.

Central San has been delivering recycled water since the 1970s and is currently providing more than 200 million gallons of recycled water annually to commercial and irrigation customers in Pleasant Hill, Concord and Martinez.

During the drought, Central San opened fill stations for residents to access free recycled water for use at their homes. Softball score sheet printable The response from residents was tremendous with nearly two thousand residents signing up for the program and faithfully filling their containers and totes to take home recycled water for lawns and landscapes. Minor league baseball teams for sale This was new for residents and the response shows another valued service that can be met with recycled water.

Recycled water will play a significant role in new development as well. Lattice energy trend With the need for separate pipes to distribute recycled water, it is difficult to implement in existing neighborhoods without major disruptions, and it is expensive to dig up streets to lay down miles of new pipes and other facilities.

New planned developments, like the Concord Reuse Project at the old Concord Naval Weapons Station site, provide fresh opportunity to lay out the pipes and pumps before the roads, homes and businesses are built.

CCWD and Central San have joined with the city of Concord to use recycled water for public parks, medians and commercial/residential landscaping for the Concord Reuse Project.

CCWD and Central San are concerned that the state’s proposed framework for regulations does not adequately credit local water systems for using alternative sources like recycled water.

In effect, the state will be taking away years of customers’ investments in their local water supply projects, significantly devaluing these investments. Fence minecraft The framework is also missing an opportunity to provide incentives for local agencies to invest in new recycled water projects.

We need to avoid heavy-handed state approaches that rob local water agencies’ ability to implement projects that make sense for our community. Fences lyrics We encourage residents to contact their state representatives and support us in protecting local control.

Lisa M. Travel baseball Borba, AICP, is the board president of the Contra Costa Water District and Paul H. Natural stone resources Causey, P.E., is president of the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board of Directors.