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    NEWSLETTERS

    Joe Rosato Jr.
    The Marine Unit of Contra Costa Sheriff's Department patrols the Delta regularly. But it hasn't been able to catch all the dumpers who leave boats on the shoreline. Deputies say it's often cheaper for mariners to dump their boats, than to have them salvaged.

     Public officials held a dedication ceremony in Antioch today to  celebrate the completion of Delta Diablo Sanitation District's new water  recycling system, a project that will help reduce the area's dependence on  Delta water.

         The Antioch Recycled Water Distribution System, which was a joint  project between the city of Antioch and the sanitation district, will be up  and running by September, according to Gary Darling, general manager of the  sanitation district. Antioch will start to see savings on its water bills by  next year.      The district, which serves 200,000 customers in Pittsburg, Antioch  and Bay Point, currently uses recycled wastewater to supply two power plants  and irrigate 12 city parks and two golf courses.
         The new system will add one more golf course and four more city  parks to the list of customers using recycled wastewater. Those areas are  currently being irrigated with Delta water, Darling said.
         "Every gallon of recycled water we use is a gallon of water we  don't take out of the Delta," said Angela Lowrey, a spokeswoman for the  sanitary district.
         The new facility will treat 530 acre-feet of water, or more than  172 million gallons, per year, Darling said.
         The $12.3 million project was a joint undertaking between the  water district and the city of Antioch.
         Fifty percent of funding for the project, which included six miles  of new pipeline and a 1 million-gallon tank, came from state and federal  grants, Darling said.
         Darling spoke at a dedication for the new system this morning  along with Congressman John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek; Director of California  Department of Water Resources Mark Cowin; Regional Director of the U.S.  Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Don Glaser; Congressman George  Miller, D-Martinez; and Antioch Mayor Jim Davis.