News Release, Sustainability

Construction to start on new Hayward recycled water distribution system

System to serve limited number of irrigation and industrial customers while conserving Bay Area drinking-water supplies

June 14, 2018

HAYWARD, Calif., June 14, 2018—The City of Hayward announced today the start of construction on a project to provide recycled water to a limited number of its irrigation and industrial customers within approximately three miles of the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility.

The project will create a new safe and sustainable water source that conserves drinking water supplies.  Recycled water is a drought-proof water supply that will improve water-supply reliability while reducing the volume of treated wastewater discharges to San Francisco Bay.

Recycled water meeting all stringent water quality standards for its intended use will be produced at the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility at 3700 Enterprise Avenue and be distributed to schools, parks and businesses for irrigation and industrial purposes through a new, separate distribution system to be installed over the next 18 months.

The project represents just the latest example of the city’s commitment to green energy and environmental sustainability at the Water Pollution Control Facility.  Investment in cogeneration technology and solar energy generation has transformed the plant into a net-energy producer that helps to power other city facilities.  Future expansion of solar generation will make the plant an electricity source for local residents and businesses.

Construction of the recycled water system will begin in June 2018.  Installation of distribution system pipelines, pump station and storage tank will be followed by retrofitting of customer connections to convert irrigation and industrial customers from potable water to recycled water.  Recycled water deliveries should begin by the middle of 2020.

Project funding for the nearly $30 million project is being provided through a California Proposition 1 Water Bond grant and a low-interest State Revolving Fund loan.

Initially, the system will extend north of the Water Pollution Control Facility along Cabot Boulevard to W. Winton Avenue; south on Whitesell Street to Highway 92; east on Depot Road past Industrial Boulevard; and to the southeast along Industrial Boulevard, branching as far south as Eden Park Place and east across Hesperian Boulevard to Calaroga Avenue.

For a system map, more information on the project and to follow the progress, visit the City of Hayward website here.

To learn more about how the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility is being leveraged to meet city climate-protection goals, visit the City of Hayward website here.

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