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REGIONAL WATER RECYCLING PROJECTS GAIN MOMENTUM IN CALIFORNIA

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The United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is participating in a large-scale regional water recycling investigation in southern California. The State of California and local water and wastewater agency cost sharing partners have worked together with Reclamation to identify large water recycling potential and an extensive array of water recycling projects.

The Southern California Comprehensive Water Reclamation and Reuse Study (SCCWRRS) partners have undertaken innovative planning activities that is making water recycling projects happen in California in a significant way. The SCCWRRS partners' efforts are leading to a renaissance of water supply development with recycled water.

This large–scale regional water recycling effort had sought the advantages of better planning, likelier project implementation, and enhanced political clout. Details include:



Integrating water and wastewater planning to concurrently resolve water supply and waste discharge problems


Project planning irrespective of jurisdictional boundaries leading to more efficient projects


USBR's collaboration with DWR and the local partners allowing effective coordination of federal water management responsibilities with state and local water management needs


The effective use of innovative tools to evaluate optimal distribution of recycled water while minimizing costs, economic decision analyses and project screening


Integration of salinity management, desalination, and regional brine disposal systems led to enhanced recycling opportunities


Financing opportunities not necessarily available to individual local agencies


Political clout from regional and statewide partnerships


This paper examines these topics as well as provides a status report on actual projects that are scheduled for implementation in the decade ending in 2010.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2000

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