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Officials are committed to recycled local water

Posted: July 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Local water officials firmed up the Santa Clarita Valley’s commitment to recycled water Wednesday with plans to expand the master plan for recycling and begin the process at the Saugus Water Reclamation Plant.

Directors of the Castaic Lake Water Agency approved a recommendation by the board’s engineers to proceed with the second part of its Recycled Water Master Plan to augment local water supply with increased use of recycled water.

The hope is to use more and more recycled water to offset local demand for potable water, using it to water parks and public landscape.

Phase one of the agency’s recycling plan previously identified the source of local recycled water as coming solely from the other local water reclamation plant, the Valencia Water Reclamation Plant.

By 2050, recycled water is expected to provide about 21,000 of the 122,000 acre-feet of total water demand in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The state requires California water suppliers to meet a 20 percent reduction in per capita water use by 2020.

“To the extent that recycled water is developed, it provides the agency the ability to bank more water for use during dry years,” said Dirk Marks, agency water resources manager.

The plan approved Wednesday assured agency directors that its next phase will not hurt the environment in any way.


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