Replenishment Could Increase Water Supply Significantly
The proposed Groundwateer Replenishment Project (GWR Project) will apply advanced water treatment (AWT) methods to treated wastewater currently being produced at the MRWPCA Regional Treatment Plant. The resulting purified water would "percolate" (filter through) the soil naturally into the aquifer, just like rainwater or be injected directly into the aquifer. The process “recharges" (helps replenish) the aquifer while safeguarding it from seawater intrusion.
Up to 3,700 acre-feet per year would be made available by the Project. This amount of water would provide enough for 14,800 average homes each year. The GWR Project can be on-line and delivering high quality water to the Monterey Region within 4 years — by fall 2016. This is just in time to help our community meet the State Ordered pumping restriction from the Carmel Valley Aquifer.
A Smart Choice
Using purified water compared to other new water projects is smart because purified water production is cost effective and energy efficient. Water purification allows reuse of a local, sustainable and drought-resistant resource that is too valuable to be discharged into the ocean.
The GWR Project would help reduce seawater intrusion into our aquifers and conserve drinking water for residents and businesses. The Project would also help the Monterey Peninsula relieve a portion of the adjudication mandates:
Purified water is truly the best new water source for the 21st century. A detailed list of the benefits of groundwater replenishment is provided in the column to the right.
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