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Archived News Release from 2008

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Workshop to Discuss Ordinance for Future Use of Recycled Water

Redwood City, CA - March 5, 2008 - Each day in our community, an average of nearly 130,000 gallons of highly treated recycled water is being used for commercial irrigation purposes, as part of the early phases of Redwood City’s Recycled Water Program. That’s 130,000 gallons of drinking water saved each day for other critical uses in our community (over 31 million gallons just since last June!).

Now, the City is considering a Recycled Water Use Ordinance to provide guidelines for the future use of recycled water, as the City continues to seek ways to preserve our community’s limited drinking water supply for today, and for the generations to come. The proposed ordinance will focus on how recycled water might best fit into the plans for new development projects, and will outline which areas of the City may be most feasible for providing the recycled water infrastructure.

The community is invited to participate in a special community workshop, to learn about, discuss, and offer comments and input on the elements and desired outcomes of this proposed ordinance:

  • Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
    7 – 9 pm
    Green Building Exchange
    305 Main Street, Redwood City
  • Note: location is on Main Street one block east of Veterans Boulevard (map it)
  • RSVP to or 780-5730
  • Light refreshments will be served

The community input from this workshop will be provided to the Council’s Utilities Committee and the City Council for their deliberation in considering the proposed ordinance, so participation by all interested community members is crucial!

hould the City expand the use of this important resource? What kind of expansion makes sense, and under what conditions? Attendees in the March 11 th workshop will learn more, get an overview of the ordinance, and participate in a facilitated discussion about this important topic. More information about this workshop is available by contacting Public Works Superintendent Justin Ez

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Justin Ezell
Public Works Services Superintendent
(650) 780-7474


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