By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– After 20 years of planning and two years of construction, the Apple Valley Subregional Water Recycling Plant (WRP) has been started. Large trucks delivered activated sludge from VVWRA’s main plant to “seed” the Apple Valley plant adjacent to Brewster Park on February 13, 2018. The water recycling at the Apple Valley facility is a biological process that requires microbes to help clean the wastewater. The microbes actually eat the organic matter. The facility also features FibrePlate hybrid membrane technology, which is considered a state of the art filtering system. The startup process is expected to take several weeks before any recycled water leaves the plant. When fully functional, the Apple Valley facility will be capable of producing up to one million gallons of recycled water per day. The recycled water will be able to be delivered via pipeline to the Apple Valley Golf Course, the Civic Center and area parks for irrigation.
The Apple Valley WRP is designed to be a good neighbor facility. Much of the plant is actually below ground to deaden the sound of pumps and blowers. The aeration basins are enclosed and advanced odor control technology will virtually eliminate unwanted odors. The visible portion of the plant is no taller than a two story home and the surrounding grounds are tastefully landscaped to blend in with the rest of the area.
A second, nearly identical facility has been built in Hesperia. The City of Hesperia is currently installing a 10 mile pipeline that will deliver the recycled water from that plant to the Hesperia Golf Course. There are several reasons for construction of the Hesperia and Apple Valley WRP’s. With continued growth in the Victor Valley, the main interceptors or pipelines from the community to the plant could reach capacity and would have to be replaced. The VVWRA Board of Commissioners felt that construction of the regional water recycling facilities would be less expensive while also providing the communities of Hesperia and Apple Valley with a reliable source of recycled water. Another benefit from the WRP’s is water conservation and reuse. Use of recycled water for irrigation is a responsible use of our natural resources and will drastically reduce the demand on our local drinking water supplies. The same water that comes from your faucet is currently used to irrigate many community sites. Recycled water provides a reliable and safe way to keep our parks and other areas green while saving our most precious resource for use in our homes and businesses.