As the state grapples through a historic drought for a fourth year, water conservation and usage is on the minds of many residents. Water conservation and usage is also on the minds of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California.
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California, the agency tasked with managing water for four million residents in 43 cities, is in the process of obtaining permits for their Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP) project.
The GRIP project will recycle water to end dependence on imported water, be self-sustainable by no longer needing water pumped from the Northern California or the Colorado River aqueducts. Since 1959, the District has been responsible for replenishing water into the ground to sustain a safe level of ground water. In order to keep a safe level, water used to replace the pumped water came from aqueducts. With water coming from great distances via the aqueducts, this method has become expensive, especially during a drought with rain water becoming less reliable.
The GRIP project will soon answer the demands locally by providing a self reliant source by recycling about 10,000 acre feet of wastewater a year. Combined with an additional 11,000 acre feet from another recycling plant, plus other recycled water sources and storm water runoff, this will provide a sufficient amount of water to maintain a safe level at the ground water basins.
The $95 Million project will include a pipeline running parallel San Gabriel River Parkway from a proposed Advanced Water Treatment Facility to be located at 4320,4330,4334 San Gabriel River Parkway in the City of Pico Rivera. The Advance Water Treatment Facility will include a visitor and educational center where people can learn about recycled water.
Demolition of an existing building will begin soon with design and construction beginning within a year. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2018. For more information call the district at 562.921.5521 or log on to their website at wrd.org.