Barry Eberling, NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
Napa Sanitation District has new, multi-million dollar plans to slake the county’s growing thirst for recycled water.
The district has almost completed $20 million in projects to double its recycled water output. It’s also working on a $14 million Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay pipeline and a $20 million Carneros line to deliver this increased output to more rural homes and vineyards.
Once all of this is done, the district each year will be turning out 3,600 acre feet of recycled water good enough to irrigate vineyards, landscaping, parks and golf courses, though not to drink. An acre-foot is enough water to cover one acre a foot deep.
As an encore, the district will try to increase this amount to 4,500 acre feet over the coming decade. A $33.2 million package of proposed projects to help meet that goal should soon be under the microscope of an environmental impact report.
“There’s more demand for recycled water in Napa than we can provide,” district Chief Financial Officer Jeff Tucker said.