(October 24, 2017) - In a briefing hosted by the Congressional Clean Water Caucus on October 20 to discuss the importance of recycled water, Paul Sciuto, General Manager of NACWA Member Agency Monterey One Water, asked the audience to judge water by its quality, not history. His presentation outlined the utility’s innovative groundwater project, Pure Water Monterey. The project is being touted as an impressive feat of engineering, as well as a good example of regional cooperation. Slated for completion in 2019, Pure Water Monterey is estimated to inject 3,500 acre-feet into the aquifer to bolster drinking water supplies and improve the environment.
In addition to the presentation from Monterey One, Jayne Strommer, Government Affairs Manager at NACWA Member Agency the Delta Diablo Sanitation District, explained the basics and benefits of water reuse to congressional staffers. Delta Diablo also helps to coordinate the Western Recycled Water Coalition, which served as a sponsor of the briefing. NACWA appreciates the efforts of these utilities to shine a light on this important, yet often-misunderstood, technology.