52 million gallons of recycled wastewater a day is helping keep California’s drought at bay

Distribution and solids handling

Because California doesn’t allow the drinking of recycled water, reclaimed water from theInland Empire Utilities Agency is used for irrigation or to recharge groundwater. A chemical is added to the disinfected water to neutralize the bleach so as not to harm plants or animals. The treated water is sent to the Chino Creek Education Park and Santa Ana River, which goes to Orange County.

As for the solids, bio gas is extracted to generate energy, while the solids are taken to another facility where they are used to make compost.

Chino Creek Wetlands and Education Park

Some recycled water is sent to this park, located at the headquarters. There’s also the opportunity to learn by examining water samples and reading informational boards on the grounds.

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