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.