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Recycling Manteca’s water

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Recycling Manteca’s water

Recycled wastewater is currently being taken from a purple fire hydrant at the treatment plant by construction firms for dust control.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/


POSTED August 3, 2015 12:58 a.m.

The likely candidates for using recycled wastewater from the Manteca treatment plant are the municipal golf course, Big League Dreams, the proposed family entertainment zone, Sierra High and Brock Elliott School.

That information is part of the presentation regarding progress on the reclaimed water facilities master plan the Manteca City Council will hear Tuesday when they meet at 4 p.m. at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. The meeting is three hours earlier due to the National Night Out parties.

The five locations are part of what the report refers to as “core local demands.” It would require just one pump and the least amount of pipeline to get up and running.

The core area includes seven smaller municipal parks within a short distance of the envisioned major trunk pipeline

A second alternative would include those previously listed plus cover all local demands that are feasible to serve. It would deliver irrigation water for landscaping to the envisioned 1,041-acre Austin Road Business Park, new residential development south of the 120 Bypass, Woodward Park, East Union High, Union Ranch, the CenterPoint Business Park and other schools and parks south of thee 120 Bypass and along the Airport Way corridor and between that corridor and East Union High/Neil Hefley School.

A third alternative would be to send the water to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District system for use by farmers. Another would serve agriculture to the northeast of Manteca while the fifth would provide indirect delivery to the Delta-Mendota Canal via the Banta-Carbona Canal. There is also an alternative that would send the water directly to the Delta-Mendota Canal by running pipe along Airport Way to the south and crossing the San Joaquin River. The city could also use 300 acre feet of water at the wastewater treatment plant and wean itself off well water at that location.

All of the alternatives would involve selling the water either to municipal users or those outside of the city.

It is why the core project option may have the lowest construction costs but the largest project such as selling water through those that access it via the Delta-Mendota Canal would be the most efficient. That’s because there would be a year-round demand for water along that canal as opposed to in-city uses that are for landscape irrigation.

The master plan is being developed by the RMC consulting firm. The state requires a plan to be in place before treated wastewater can be reused.

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