City Government, Community, Sustainability

Recycled water on way for irrigation and industrial uses

June 12, 2018

Recycled water sign on a Maintenance Services water truck

The City of Hayward begins construction this month on a nearly $30 million 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 will be produced at the 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.

Project funding is being provided through California Proposition 1 water bonds and a low-interest State Revolving Fund loan.  Installation of distribution system pipelines, pump stations and a 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.

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 progress, visit the City of Hayward website.