Sacramento, Calif. – The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) recently announced that Regional San will receive $1.7 million to help fund Regional San’s Harvest Water Program. This additional funding adds to the previous $4.2 million received from USBR and $287.5 million in Proposition 1 funding. Harvest Water was established to meet Regional San’s goal of increasing the use of recycled water by providing tertiary-treated wastewater for farmers —demonstrating Regional San’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.
Harvest Water represents one of the largest agricultural water reuse projects in the United States. Once complete, it will provide up to 50,000 acre-feet per year of drought-resistant, Title 22 water to irrigate up to 16,000 acres of permanent agriculture and habitat conservation lands near the Cosumnes River and Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Sacramento County.
“Securing these funds helps Regional San in our efforts to increase recycled water use in the Sacramento region,” said Prabhakar Somavarapu, Regional San’s General Manager. “Recycled wastewater provides a safe and sustainable water supply for agriculture, irrigation and habitat restoration. It also reduces the need for groundwater pumping.”
Next steps include continued planning efforts with local farmers and development of designs for pumping, transmission and distribution systems to convey recycled water from the wastewater treatment plant near Elk Grove to farmers in southern Sacramento County. The first phase of the recycled water delivery system is expected to be operational by late 2024.
Learn more about Harvest Water at regionalsan.com/harvestwater.
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