November 20, 2023
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2023
Contact: Curtis Paxton, General Manager, Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District
San Rafael, CA – The Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District has been named California’s “Recycled Water Agency of the Year” (small category) by the California WateReuse Association for the major treatment plant upgrade completed earlier this year, which increases the plant’s treatment capacity and expands its ability to produce recycled water that conserves the supply of drinking water in Marin County.
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (LGVSD) Board members Megan Clark, Crystal Yezman, and Ronald Ford, along with General Manager Curtis Paxton, accepted the award during the California WateReuse Association’s “Awards for Excellence” ceremony, held during the Association’s annual conference in Indian Wells, Nov. 5-7, 2023. The award recognizes agencies that have developed recycled water, on a significant level, as an alternative water source within their service area, regionally, or statewide. The recipients demonstrate leadership, creativity and persistence in developing a comprehensive program, as well as outreach to the community to expand awareness and implementation of water recycling.
“We’re honored to be recognized by the WateReuse Association as one of the top agencies in the state,” said LGVSD Board President Megan Clark. “Our board has had the vision and perseverance to improve the reliability and safety of our treatment facilities over the course of many years. Our staff has had the skills and dedication to carry out that vision. It is gratifying to receive this recognition.”
The LGVSD’s $68-million upgrade increased the plant’s secondary treatment capacity from 8 to 18 million gallons per day, improving reliability during extreme weather events, and added advanced treatment technology to ensure future regulatory requirements can be met. The improvements also increase the District’s recycled water production capacity to 5 million gallons per day, providing more recycled water for reuse throughout Marin County.
The expanded facility provides recycled water to the District’s exceptional regional partners, North Marin Water District and the Marin Municipal Water District (Marin Water), who then sell it for use in landscape irrigation, car washes, cooling towers, commercial laundries, toilet flushing and other non-potable uses. LGVSD serves 32,000 customers in the northern San Rafael area and manages approximately 105 miles of wastewater collection lines.
More information about the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District is available at: https://www.lgvsd.org/