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City opens spigots on recycled water

Original post made on Nov 12, 2009

The city of Mountain View is celebrating the launch of a $19.8 million recycled water system that officials say may not be the most visible public works project ever, but is visionary nonetheless, saving up to a million gallons of water a day.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:04 AM

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Posted by bikes2work
a resident of The Crossings
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm

"the sewage treatment plant in East Palo Alto"

The treatment plant is actually in Palo Alto. It is the Regional Water Quality Control Plant. It treats wastewater from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Stanford.

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Posted by Andrew
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

This is an excellent pilot project and I'm glad that Mountain View is taking the lead on this. Starting small and phasing this project is a great way to assess the impacts this new technology will have on the city and make adjustments/improvements as necessary. Its refreshing to live in a place that is progressive, visionary, and responsible. Way to go Mountain View!


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm

When recycled water was first used on the golf course, didn't we have a problem with it plugging the turf and required at least 50% potable water? (from Glen Lyles, as I recall)

If so, is this still a limiter on use of this new water? I'm all for the use of recycled water and think this is a very good project. It's just a question of proper use.


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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

It Would be great if Mountain View could extend the recycled water distribution to the south side of highway 101, I would use it for all outside watering and maybe for flushing toilets.


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Posted by fixiegirl
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I'm wondering if Google is paying for the water they are using to water their field?


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Posted by Hank
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 13, 2009 at 7:55 am

Reclaimed water is likely to contain pathogenic microorganisms. Depending on the treatment processes used, the pathogens may be present in high enough concentrations to pose a potential threat to human health. Adverse impacts can be minimized by careful management of the irrigation process to minimize public and worker exposure to the reclaimed water and aerosols


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Posted by LazHater
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 13, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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Posted by dfb
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 16, 2009 at 3:31 am

Orange County is far ahead. It reclaims its wastewater and pumps it back into the aquifer -- one of its primary water sources.

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