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Bathroom byproduct will supplement DSRSD irrigation water supply

Original post made on Jul 8, 2021

Dublin San Ramon Services District's new temporary supplemental recycled water supply project not only aims to boost their irrigation water, but it also doesn't let anything go to waste -- especially human waste.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 6:16 PM

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Posted by been there
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 8, 2021 at 10:18 am

been there is a registered user.

What a shame Pleasanton doesn't have a voice in determining DSRSD's actions. We have no seat on their board or representative in decision-making to look out for Pleasanton. So now sewage from EBMUD and Central Sanitation in Contra Costa County is coming to Pleasanton to be "treated" . I wonder what long-range impacts this will have on the quality and quantity of reusable water we will be forced to accept and possibly drink. Never mind the environmental impacts on the Basin that Zone 7 is charged with managing and protecting. Who is paying attention to Pleasanton's interests here?

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm

keeknlinda is a registered user.

@been there, the answer is some of us are. Paying enough attention to feel comfortable in assuaging your fears about drinking the recycled water. Also enough to understand how Pleasanton's recycled water travels through the purple pipes you may have, or probably have not paid attention to, seen in locations around our city. Drinking water does not. Will not. Won't. That's why the above-ground turnouts (Big purple pipes with elbow joints and valves) you see deliver only to irrigation systems, a wholly different system of piping from that which comes from our own wells and Zone 7's distribution system for drinking water.
So relax. There's no poo in the water except that which comes all the way from the Delta through the State Water Project in the canal, and that water goes through a variety of treatments on its way as raw water before Zone 7 and Pleasanton add their finishing touches to it, testing it regularly and making certain it is safe.
Oh, and another thing. Enough to have learned that the water in the ground basin takes literal years to get that deep to be in the aquifer and available for pumping. Once again, Ma Nature works her wonders by using the microorganisms in the soil to filter out any harmful stuff, so that by the time it gets circled back around through the treatment plants, it is as pure as it can be, tested and re-tested by local, regional, and state labs. A great system of checks and balances before you turn on the tap. So drink freely and stay hydrated. It's gonna be a long, hot summer.

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