Pacifica Recycled Water Project
North Coast County Water District is preparing to roll out a water recycling project, in an effort to save millions of gallons of drinking water each year by using treated wastewater for irrigation purposes.
After a decade of working toward the reality of using recycled water for irrigating large public landscaped areas, the Water District has finalized an Initial Study and is preparing a proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Continuing population growth in California and water shortages experienced in drought years from 1987 through 1992 prompted the California legislature to recognize formally the importance of utilizing recycled water to help meet the state’s water supply needs. The legislature established a goal of recycling one million acre feet of water annually by 2010 and prohibited the use of drinkable water for landscape irrigation wherever suitable recycled water is available at a reasonable cost.
Recycled water is used successfully for agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, and toilet flushing throughout California. Locally, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, and other Bay Area communities use it on their parks, school grounds, median strips, large landscaped areas and golf courses. Nationally, recycled water has been used for landscape irrigation for many years in states such as Arizona, Florida and Texas. In California, the treatment and use of recycled water is carefully regulated by the California Department of Public Health and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. California’s regulations are among the most stringent in the world.
About the Project
The North Coast County Water District proposes to provide recycled water irrigation service to the following areas:
Sharp Park Golf Course
Sharp Park Beach Promenade
Highway One (Caltrans) landscaping
Turf playing fields at Oceana High School and Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School
The Water District proposes to convert these customers, who are currently irrigating with potable water supplied by either the Water District or the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, to the use of recycled water. Using recycled water for landscape irrigation saves potable water for drinking water use. The project includes installation of a pumping station at the Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant (CCWRP), construction of a new above-ground recycled water tank, and installation of approximately 17,000 lineal feet of pipelines. The new system will also replace several thousand feet of the golf course’s irrigation pipelines and a small underground tank.
Availability of Documents
Documents are available at the District Office, 2400 Francisco Blvd. in Pacifica from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Documents are also available here.