By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– An additional $4 million dollar grant has been awarded to Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) for their Subregional Water Recycling Plants, bringing the official grant total to $12 million dollars. These two facilities will help elevate the stress that the on-going drought has caused the region by each providing one million gallons per day (MGD) of recycled water to irrigate community parks, schools, and golf courses.
Recycled, or reclaimed water, is highly-treated water originally used to transport solids to the treatment facility. Reclamation plants remove the solids and put them back into the sewer system, but the water remains at the plant in order to safely remove impurities, biodegradable materials, and pathogens. The end result is high-quality non-potable (not for drinking) water that is able to be used one more time before it returns to the natural water cycle.
Recycled water is not a new concept, and in fact has been proven to be a safe and effective alternative to using drinking water for non-potable uses. The first water recycling facility in California was built in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1932, and since that time California’s population boom has only increased the demand for potable water. Recycled water has allowed these areas to maintain green landscapes, reduce wastewater discharge, slow the diversion of freshwater from the environment, save energy used to pump out ground water, and conserve fresh water for drinking.
The Subregional Water Recycling Plants (WRP) will provide enough water to offset the use of ten thousand people each day in Apple Valley and Hesperia. This means that instead of wasting precious drinking water on landscaping and industrial uses, it can be replaced with inexpensive recycled water. These facilities will use membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology to provide a high level of reliability and quality of recycled water. The Subregional WRP’s are expected to be completed in 2016.
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is a public agency that is equally governed by officials from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and Spring Valley Lake. The agency’s award-winning regional treatment plant is located in Victorville.