Dedication ceremony launches Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District’s new, state-of-the-art Recycled Water Facility.
San Rafael, CA, September 25, 2012 — Today, the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (LGVSD) and North Marin Water District (NMWD) celebrated their new partnership with a dedication ceremony for LGVSD’s recently completed Recycled Water Treatment Facility.
The new, readily expandable facility will treat a portion of the community’s wastewater to a level that meets or exceeds California’s strict Title 22 recycled water standards. The highly-treated water will be delivered to NMWD where it will be used for landscape irrigation and other approved applications in the Hamilton area of Novato.
In addition to the general public and LGVSD and NMWD staff, attending the ceremony were representatives of various state and local government agencies and boards, including speakers who addressed the audience; Steve Moore from the State Water Board, Larry Loder of the LGVSD Board of Directors, John Schoonover of NMWD’s Board and project proponent, Ginger Bryant of Bryant & Associates.
Mark Williams, LGVSD general manager, said, “Reusing treated wastewater from homes and businesses makes good sense because it saves fresh drinking water for other important purposes and reduces the need for additional wastewater storage.”
Using recycled water from the new facility is an important part of NMWD’s long-term solution to water supply issues and an example of excellent cooperation between neighboring public agencies, according to Williams.
Many communities throughout the state, the country, and the world are turning to recycled water as a reliable, drought-proof water supply for non-drinking purposes. In the United States, recycled water has been safely used since 1929. Communities that take advantage of recycled water must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines that require routine testing.
As has been done since the early 1980’s, the LGVSD treatment plant will continue to send some of its treated wastewater to Marin Municipal Water District MMWD, where it is further treated to recycled water standards and used for irrigation, car washes, cooling towers, commercial laundries and toilet flushing.
About LGVSD: Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District was established in 1954. Located in the Las Gallinas Valley between Novato and San Rafael, the Sanitary District collects wastewater from its mostly residential, 32,000 person customer base and treats it to either secondary or recycled water standards.
About NMWD: North Marin Water District serves a suburban population of 61,000 people situated in and about the City of Novato and several small improvement districts in the West Marin area near the coast. The District supplies reliable, high quality water and sewer services to their customers.