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Council approves $800,000 to design recycled water system 

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The Paso Robles City Council on Tuesday night approved a recycled water master plan and agreed to spend nearly $800,000 to design a recycled water system that could help alleviate strains on the shrinking groundwater basin. The new system would treat and recycle up to 5,400 acre-feet of water from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Construction of the multi-phased plan could cost the city $46 million, according to a report from Paso Robles Public Works Director Doug Monn.

The first phase would be construction of a recycled water production facilities at the wastewater treatment plant and approximately the first mile of pipeline, Monn says. Subsequent phases would extend water delivery with a pipe system.

The addition of recycled water to the city’s water supply portfolio is part of the city’s long-term plan to continually increase water supply reliability. Recycled water would be used for irrigation, in lieu of potable water – thus increasing the reliability of potable supply for drinking.

Potential in-city recycled water customers could include Barney Schwartz Park, Black Ranch, Hunter Ranch, The Links Golf Course, Paso Robles Golf Club, and large water consumers. The remaining available recycled water could be used to supply irrigators north and east of the city limits

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