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Recycled-water project would expand reach in Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties

NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL
View the phase 2 draft EIR/EIS

Four public hearings are scheduled on the draft EIR/EIS:

Monday, May 7, 2018, 6:30–8 p.m.: American Canyon City Hall Council Chambers, 4381 Broadway, Suite 201, American Canyon, CA
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30–8 p.m.: San Rafael Community Center Auditorium, 618 B St., San Rafael, CA
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30–8 p.m.: Petaluma Community Center, Craft Room 1, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA
Monday, May 14, 2018, 6:30–8 p.m.: Sonoma Community Center, Room 110, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma, CA

Submit comments by 5 p.m. May 18.

The public comment period opens Wednesday for a proposed expansion of the use of recycled water in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties over the next seven years.

Over next 45 days, ending May 18, input will be accepting input on the second phase of the North Bay Water Reuse Project, which involves construction and operation of treatment capacity improvements, distribution facilities and storage facilities (seasonal and operational) to provide recycled water for environmental, agricultural and municipal reuse, according to the North Bay Water Reuse Authority announcement. Pipelines and pumping facilities would be built along existing roadways. Treatment and storage facilities would be located near existing wastewater-treatment plants.

The proposed project would provide 4,885 acre-feet per year of recycled water through construction of 20.6 miles of pipeline, one additional pump station, 10 acre-feet of storage and 4.87 million gallons per day of tertiary-treated wastewater. Work is planned by Novato, Marin Municipal, Sonoma Valley, Petaluma, Napa and American Canyon sanitation districts.

The water-reuse agency covers the watershed that drains into the north end of San Pablo Bay, an area of about 318 square miles in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.

Public hearings on the draft environmental-impact document for phase 2 are set for May 7, 9, 10 and 14.

Submit comments in writing to: Anne Crealock, Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or via email to Phase2EIR@nbwra.org.

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Napa Sanitation is doubling its deliveries of recycled water

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.

Read more at: Napa Sanitation is doubling its deliveries of recycled water