Ontario schools to receive recycled water for landscaping

An agreement with the Ontario-Montclair School District will allow two schools in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District to install an underground pipeline for recycled water for its landscaping needs. 

Ontario-Montclair staff received a request from the Inland Empire Utility Agency to allow the Chaffey district to use land on the Arroyo Elementary School site to install pipelines that will provide recycled water to the Dorothy Gibson and Valley View high school sites. 

“The recycled main service point of connection for the two (schools) is in a cul-de-sac on Corona Avenue so there is no way of making that connection unless they pass through the Arroyo school property,” said Craig Misso, OMSD’s director of facilities planning and operations. 

According to state Education Code, districts are authorized to use other agencies property if it is approved by their board. 

The agreement approved at OMSD’s Nov. 18 board meeting reads OMSD will “provide easement to CJUHSD for the construction, operation and maintenance of underground pipeline for the purpose of conveying recycled water and necessary fixtures and appurtenances …”

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Water world: As we devise new ways to save this crucial resource, the practice of using gray water is largely ignored

By KATHRYN McKENZIE NICHOLS Herald Correspondent
Monterey County Herald (California)
September 4, 2010

Gray water pretty much sounds like what it is wastewater from household washing machines, bathroom sinks, showers and bathtubs but what many people don’t realize is that it’s a valuable, and mostly untapped, resource.

A typical California household produces more than 10,000 gallons of gray water between May and October, the state’s driest months. That’s 10,000 gallons that could be used to water plants, rather than sending it back into the sewage system.

Diverted and used properly, gray water can help landscaping and fruit trees flourish. And in an arid state like California, this becomes a valuable source of moisture during the long dry season.

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Comment: The state should make the necessary regulatory changes to allow more usage of gray water.

Stimulus dollars bring recycled water to Rosemead, San Gabriel Valley

ROSEMEAD – Last year’s $800 billion federal economic stimulus package is bringing something increasingly valuable to Rosemead parks, schools and businesses: recycled sewage water.

The recycled water, treated to high levels that make it safe for human contact but not considered drinkable, will soon flow through a new pipeline to nourish and irrigate lawns and greenways in the area.

The $3.2 million pipeline was constructed by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District with the help of a $600,000 federal stimulus grant. And upon its recent completion, it became the first recycled water project completed with stimulus funds in Southern California.

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The “stimulus” was paid for with money borrowed from China. Now the money has run out and the economy is crashing again. Plus we owe hundreds of billions more to China.

As to water, California can take care of itself, and doesn’t need the foolish Feds “helping” us.