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Treatment district opens new recycled water fill station in Dublin

7.6 million gallons distributed to more than 2,000 registered users so far this year

The Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton, has opened its second residential recycled water fill station located at the city of Dublin's Public Safety Complex, 6363 Clark Ave.

The water district has been offering free recycled water to homeowners in efforts to help keep their landscaping alive during the drought, due to the two days per week irrigation restrictions.

The new fill station is smaller than the original station, located at 7399 Johnson Drive in Pleasanton, and has different rule and limited hours:

• Users should enter the Dublin fill station via Village Parkway and turn right into the fill station. Users may not turn onto Clark Avenue from Dublin Boulevard.

• Trailers are not allowed. Vehicles pulling trailers should use the Pleasanton fill station.

• Dublin fill station hours include: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Friday, July 3).

• New users can sign an agreement and receive training and an identification card during new customer hours (Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 8-9 a.m.).

• The maximum load per visit is 300 gallons and users need to pay attention to their vehicle's loading capacity. There is no limit on the number of visits per day.

DSRSD opened the Pleasanton water fill station a year ago after all Tri-Valley water agencies set strict limits on using drinking water for landscape irrigation.

"The program has become extremely popular, with more than 2,000 registered users and 7.6 million gallons distributed to date," said DSRSD officials.

The recycled water is free to any resident willing to purchase containers and transport it. Users do not have to be DSRSD customers.

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3 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton wastes water
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

Why does the City of Pleasanton continue to water turf medians with potable water in violation of the new state rules? AND, they do not control runoff from irrigating parks, medians, and other landscaping. They should be setting a much better example, especially if they want to cite others for doing the same.


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Posted by @PLS wastes water
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

Perhaps it would be more effective if you contacted the PLS water czar with that question? Daniel Smith (925) 931-5509 dsmith@cityofpleasantonca.gov


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

Just keep in mind that a gallon of water is 8.5 pounds and the bed capacity of a 1/2 ton truck is 1,000 pounds. So only a couple 55 gallon drums


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Posted by steve
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

Jerry why do you care ? not your problem? plus your numbers are wrong


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I actually do care because it is dangerous and also because I got a ticket for an over weight condition. 8.5 pounds per gallon is the correct number.


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Posted by matthew
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Is there any way of taking the water and running into my in ground sprinkler system? Thinking its got to be possible to do that.


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Posted by PPL
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

close enough - 8.345lbs/gallon :)


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Posted by PPL
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

"Is there any way of taking the water and running into my in ground sprinkler system? Thinking its got to be possible to do that."

Not a bad idea - however, to generate enough pressure for it to work, you'll need a pump between your water container and your sprinkler system. Depending the size of your water reservoir, you might find yourself going through the water pretty quickly. Check the gph rating and number of sprinkler heads per zone and see if it makes any sense for your situation


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Matthew,

You would need a pump at can produce about 60 psi at 7-8 gallons a minute. You might hook it up to a hose with a nozzle for use. An on demand pump would be best. PPL is right in that your sprinklers would demand a large capacity source of water. Hose might be better.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

That may violate city code.
Anytime a pump is utilized for irrigation, an anti back flow system is required.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Michael,

If he made his input connection after his valves that would be fine. Line pressure is about 70-80 psi so back flow would be almost impossible.


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Posted by greywater
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Matthew, check out greywater.org for some useful info.


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Posted by Deek
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

So, medians are watered around here if there are shrubs because it would be a fire hazard if they did not get watered. Drought is bad, fire is worse!


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

DO NOT HOOK A PUMP TO YOUR UNDERGROUND SPRINKLER SYSTEM!!!! This violates city as well as water district rules. If you do this and get caught it could jepdrodize the residental use of the water fill-up stations that the waste treatment plant has provided to the tri-valley residents. DSRSD (Dublin San Ramon Services District) on their website publishes what you can and cannot do with treated water. Please don't be a jerk and be the one person that blows it for the rest of us. If you want to water your lawn and garden with sprinklers, buy mobile above above ground types. And you shouldn't run out and buy a pump until you understand the math and physics of pressurized irrigation systems.


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Posted by PW Reader's husband
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Bill is correct about not connecting a pump directing water into a municipal water system (i.e., a hybrid system). Though sprinkler systems are supposed to have a backflow preventer (usually above ground), and hoses SHOULD have a backflow preventer, backflow preventers are designed for upsystem vacuum-created backflow. They not designed for downstream pressurized 'backflow.' The best option is install a shut-off valve (I have several so I can easily isolate breaks) between your meter and the sprinkler valve manifold, SHUT it tight, and CUT and cap the pipe.
There is a safe hybrid system, though this isn't the forum for engineered water systems.


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