Article courtesy of KSBW.com | April 23, 2015 | KSBW.com | Shared as educational material
The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency released a report Thursday on purifying wastewater to use for drinking water and agricultural field water.
A draft Environmental Impact Report for the Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project focuses on reducing the need to pump limited groundwater supplies on the Central Coast and instead utilizing purified wastewater.
“The future of water is here,” said Dave Stoldt, General Manager of MPWMD. “This project is truly revolutionary in that it addresses multiple water related issues including supply, treatment and environmental mitigation in two distinct regions while delivering water for residential, business, industrial and agricultural uses.”
The proposed project addresses drinking water supply needs of the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley by delivering purified water for replenishing the Seaside Groundwater Basin, and delivering additional tertiary treated water to the Salinas Valley for agricultural irrigation.
The DEIR can be found at www.purewatermonterey.org and the public is encouraged to review and comment on the document during the established 45-day period that opens today and closes on June 5.
“MRWPCA has been in the business of treating and recycling water for many years,” said MRWPCA General Manager Keith Israel. “Pure Water Monterey is a natural progression forward and is a critical component of solving our region’s water supply issues. Not only is it an environmentally responsible project, but it is projected to be online and delivering water by the fall of 2017. This is important as it shows the State Water Resources Control Board that Monterey County is serious about the future of our water.”