Zone 7 Water Agency celebrated the recent opening of its Mocho Groundwater Demineralization Plant with an open house last week, which included tours and tastings.
The plant, located on Stoneridge Drive and Santa Rita Road, will manage salts and minerals in the Livermore-Amador Valley's groundwater basin, improve overall water-supply reliability and help soften some of the water delivered primarily to the western side of its service area.
It cost $35.6 million to plan, design and construct and is funded by water rates,
connection fees on new development and a $740,000 Proposition 50 state grant. It will cost an
estimated $1.5 million to operate it for the nine months planned each year.
A few dozen people showed up to Wednesday's open house, including retailer representatives from the City of Pleasanton, the City of Livermore and Dublin-San Ramon Services District, along with several neighbors of the plant, according to Zone 7 spokeswoman Boni Brewer.
After the tours, Zone 7 officials celebratd with a toast of demineralized water.