California legislation would expand water recycling

Legislation has been introduced that would allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to expand its water recycling programs.

Legislation has been introduced that would allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to expand its water recycling programs.

California Congresswoman Doris Matsui on Wednesday introduced legislation that would allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to expand its water recycling programs by making a portion of its recycled water available for environmental or agriculture supply needs.

Under the legislation, the district could deliver recycled water to the Delta and Sacramento region for habitat or agricultural purposes.

“A variety of approaches will be needed to solve our state’s water problems in a sustainable way that is protective of the Delta and water supply needs of our region,” Matsui said in a prepared statement.

The legislation would authorize the Board of Reclamation to provide up to $30 million dollars for the district to create such a program. The federal funding, if approved, would be provided under the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water reclamation program, which is dedicated to the development of supplemental water supplies through water reclamation.

“This legislation represents a vital step in our shared priorities to develop programs and projects that will guarantee a safe and reliable supply of water, working in conjunction with the economic needs of our region,” Stan Dean, a district engineer for the sanitation district, said in the news release.

From the Sacramento Business Journal.

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