Peninsula Recycled Water Project Accelerates
October 23, 2011
The thickening cloud of doom around the Regional Desalination Project is shifting more attention to alternative water sources developed by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.
One of those is expanded of wastewater recycling—and it's moving forward at a fast clip, according to a press release from Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency.
MRWPCA plans to announce Thursday, Oct. 27, the details of an expedited Monterey Peninsula Groundwater Replenishment Project. That's a fancy name for taking wastewater from the MRWPCA treatment plant, and instead of discharging it into the ocean, injecting it into the Seaside Aquifer.
The project can provide an estimated 2,700 acre-feet of water, which would blend with groundwater before being pumped out and treated for potable use, a system modeled after one in Orange County.
That's a significant chunk of the roughly 10,500 acre-feet of drinking water that California American Water has been ordered by the state to stop pumping from the Carmel River by the end of 2016.