PLEASANTON – With storms easing drought worries, California’s first water treatment plant to give away free recycled water to homeowners is closing for at least 18 months for an $18 million plant expansion.
The Dublin San Ramon Services District announced this week it will shutter its popular recycled water fill station in Pleasanton until spring 2018 during expansion of the plant, which processes effluent for use as irrigation water.
Officials fear keeping the popular fill station open would create traffic headaches and safety problems for the many people who drive in to fill up tanks, pails and jugs with recycled water to irrigate their lawns and landscaping.
The services district could have relocated the fill station and kept it open, but the cost to do that wouldn’t be worth it in a year with promising water supplies, the agency’s board decided Tuesday night.
“We haven’t had mandatory irrigation restrictions n the Tri-Valley since last June,” said Richard Hallet, the services district’s board president. “If we have to reinstate irrigation restrictions, we will look at options for operating a recycled water fill station for residents.”
It would have cost at least $170,000 to relocate the fill station and an estimated $500,000 a year in staff time to operate and manage it, according a report to the agency’s water board.
The last scheduled day for the plant to open to the public is Wednesday, but it won’t open that day if it rains.
The Dublin-based water district opened the fill station in 2014 when state water allocations to Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton were slashed to 5 percent of requested supplies.
Published at Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:54:13 +0000