Recycled Water Program Phase 2
Construction to Begin in January
Phase 2 of the Novato Recycled Water Program got under way in January 2013 and is expected to continue through June 2013. Construction of North Marin Water District's (NMWD) South Service Area Phase 2 will take place in the Hamilton area. Phase 1 of this section of the pipeline installation was completed by in fall of 2012.
Phase 2 involves installation of nearly 9,000 feet of 8-inch and 12-inch pipeline that will distribute recycled water to irrigate a variety of locations, including turf fields at Hamilton School, Amphitheater Park and South Hamilton Park. In addition, it will be used at homeowners association common area landscaping and street medians. The construction contract for Phase 2 pipeline installation was awarded to Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa.
During the construction period, residents will see work crews conducting surveys, marking the location of underground utilities and excavating trenches for the pipelines. There will be signs, barricades and construction cones that clearly identify the construction zones as work progress along affected streets.
Construction hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays only. During the course of the project, construction will occur on the following streets: Hamilton Parkway, Hangar Avenue, Main Gate Road, Hamilton Parkway, So. Palm Drive and State Access Road.
Novato Recycled Water Project Part of a Regional Conservation Effort
Novato relies on imported Russian River water for 80% of its supply, but this source has been impacted by changed conditions to protect fish and the environment. Along with its aggressive and successful water conservation program, NMWD has been developing recycled water for landscape irrigation as another source of water.
The North Marin Water District’s recycled water project is part of a regional effort in collaboration with the Novato Sanitary District and Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District. Highly treated recycled water that meets strict health and safety standards (set by federal, state and local health authorities) will be used to irrigate playing fields, golf courses and landscaped areas.
Using recycled water has many benefits. Recycled water treatment uses less energy than developing other new water sources, has a lower carbon footprint and preserves precious drinking water. In addition, recycled water is a reliable source of water for irrigation, even during drought conditions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is recycled water and how is it produced?
Recycled water is a safe, effective and reliable new water supply that is available to help meet the future water supply needs of our community. Recycled water is highly polished wastewater treated to tertiary recycled water standards (also referred to as advanced water treatment) which is the highest level of treatment defined by the State of California. This level of treatment allows for unrestricted reuse in all recycled water applications. Recycled water goes through four treatment steps: primary treatment, biological treatment (secondary), filtration, and disinfection (tertiary).
What is the quality of recycled water?
The recycled water in the NMWD project will be of the highest quality and meets strict federal, state and county health and safety requirements. Recycled water is used in thousands of applications in sites throughout California and the U.S.
How can I be assured of the quality and safe delivery?
Recycled water treatment is monitored continuously and tested in a certified laboratory daily. The recycled water delivery pipes NMWD will be constructing are completely separate from those delivering drinking water. NMWD will ensure that no cross connections occur between the two systems.
For more FAQs, visit: http://www.nmwd.com/pdf/conservation/FAQ%20Web%20Final%20030311.pdf
Where can I get more information about recycled water?
- Novato Recycled Water Program - http://www.nmwd.com/
- A Thirsty Planet - http://www.athirstyplanet.com
- California Department of Public Health – Recycled Water: Regulations and Guidance - http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/drinkingwater/Pages/Lawbook.aspx
- Unites States Environmental Protection Agency – 2012 Guidelines for Water Reuse - http://www.epa.gov/region9/water/recycling/pdf/water-reuse-guidelines-fact-sheet-2012.pdf