Pismo Beach plans to recycle wastewater
April 29, 2015
The Pismo Beach City Council voted unanimously on April 21 to begin pursuing a recycled water facility at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
City staff estimates that recycling wastewater could add as much as 950 acre feet to the city’s water supply once it is completed. After an analysis of several alternative approaches to using recycled water to augment the city’s water supply, the council approved the recommended option of full advanced treatment with direct groundwater injection.
“The City of Pismo Beach is excited to move forward in planning a water recycling program, Mayor Shelly Higginbotham said. “Working with our neighboring communities, we will have the opportunity to plan to bring a new water supply to the south county.”
This project is slated to provide a local, sustainable and highly drought resistant source of water for the South County.
The next steps moving forward are:
• Preliminary and Final Design
• Environmental studies
• Securing funding
“We are excited to move forward in our goal of increasing our water supply by recycling our waste water,” said Ed Waage, mayor pro tem. “We not only increase our supply, but we will also reduce the amount of water we discharge into the ocean every day. It is more costly, but it is reliable especially in times of drought.”
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