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Rep. McNerney Calls on Congress to Authorize Regional Water Recycling Projects

Jul 2, 2015
Press Release

Antioch, CA – Recognizing that water recycling is a critical part of a larger, comprehensive approach to addressing California’s drought crisis, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today announced that he would introduce legislation calling on Congress to authorize 27 additional regional water recycling projects. To highlight this announcement, Rep. McNerney toured Delta Diablo, the site for one of the water recycling projects he believes needs to be authorized.

“I’m calling on Congress and introducing legislation to authorize more regional water projects – because expanding water recycling is one component of a comprehensive solution needed to address California’s long-term drought challenges,” said Rep. Jerry McNerney. “In this extreme drought, California communities a struggling to conserve the limited water available. That’s why it’s important to continue investing in water recycling technologies that treat wastewater and augment current supplies.  Funding these projects creates additional water supplies available to ease pressure off the Delta, irrigate public spaces, grow crops, increase the potable water supply, and support environmental restoration.”

These 27 projects, when funded, can provide over 100,000 acre feet of new water – enough water to meet the needs for over half a million residents.  These water projects need Congressional authorization in order to compete for Title XVI construction funds through the Bureau of Reclamation.

“We thank Congressman McNerney for his leadership in introducing legislation which will proactively support new drought-tolerant water sources while protecting the Delta.” said Gary Darling, spokesperson for the Western Recycled Water Coalition. 

Developing recycled water reduces dependence on Delta supplies. Recycled water projects like Delta Diablo improve water supply reliability, and reduce wastewater discharge into the fragile Bay-Delta environment.

When constructed, the Delta Diablo Recycled Water Project will provide more than 4,000 acre-feet per year of recycled water to municipal, commercial, and industrial users in Antioch and Pittsburg – equivalent to meeting the water needs of 16,000 households.

“I was disappointed when House Republicans recently offered up their water plan because it once again simply panders to South Valley water users by proposing more water south, but will not move us forward. We need to look at bold, forward-thinking solutions that use new technology and scientific advancements to improve the management and conservation of California’s water supply. This will better prepare communities for severe drought conditions in the future,” added Rep. McNerney.

List of 27 Water Recycling Projects

Benicia recycled water project to Valero refinery

Brentwood recycled water project

Central Dublin recycled water distribution and retrofit project

Central Redwood City recycled water project

Concord recycled water project

Contra Costa County refinery recycled water project, phase 1

Delta Diablo recycled water project

Delta Diablo high purity water treatment facility

Dublin recycled water expansion project

Fresno east central recycled water facility

Fresno downtown recycled water distribution

Fresno southwest recycled water distribution

Hayward recycled water project

Ironhouse Sanitary District Cypress recycled water project

Ironhouse Sanitary District industrial recycled water project

Ironhouse Sanitary District direct potable reuse project

Monterey peninsula groundwater replenishment project, phase 1

Mountain View recycled water project.

North Valley regional recycled water project

Palo Alto recycled water pipeline project

Pleasanton recycled water project

Potable Reuse in Santa Clara County, phase 1

San Jose Water Company recycled water project

Sunnyvale continuous recycled water production project

West Bay Sanitary District Recycled Water Project

Wolfe Road recycled water project

Yountville recycled water project


Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.