By Staff Reports
(Hesperia)–Hesperia’s quest to recycle the High Desert’s most precious resource – water – is gaining momentum as the final portion of a new water recycling facility goes before the city’s design review committee.
Unlike traditional sewage plants, the project will simply skim liquids from the current collection system, treat it and it will be reused in the community for irrigation purposes.
“Given our climate, geography, and the ever-growing water crisis, it’s imperative that we start to recycle water through this technology,” said Logan Olds, general manager of the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) that will build and maintain the new facility.
No solids will be handled on site and instead will continue in the system to be treated at the plant’s current treatment facility in Victorville. Upon completion the facility will be able to recycle and reuse up to one million gallons of water a day with the ability to grow to four million gallons a day in the future.
The facility will utilize membrane bioreactor technology, which is far more advanced than the traditional activated sludge technology utilized in many treatment facilities. Once the water works its way through the membrane filter it is disinfected through concentrated ultra violet light and is ready to be used to irrigate large swaths of land such as schools and parks.
The facility itself, located near Mojave and Tamarisk streets in Hesperia, will be no taller than a two story house, designed to blend in with the surrounding community, and includes beautiful landscaping. The plant will be remotely operated and increase the sustainability of the City of Hesperia for years to come.
The agency has spent the last five years implementing a broad public education and outreach campaign that included focus groups, neighborhood canvassing, open houses, mailers, media outreach and door hangers to inform Hesperia residents on the benefits of the project.
“This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility that institutes the best technology available,” said Ryan Orr, VVWRA’s spokesman. “It provides a renewable water source for High Desert residents for generations to come.”
An identical facility is planned to be built at the same time in Apple Valley near Brewster Park.