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San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project Wins Award

September 19 2011

San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project Wins Award

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

The WateReuse Association has recognized San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project for the “2011 WateReuse Public Education Program of the Year Award." Along with examining the use of advanced water purification technology to potentially provide safe and reliable water for San Diego’s future (at less cost and with less environmental…

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LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST CARLSBAD DESALINATION CONTINUES AS POSEIDON IS STILL SEARCHING FOR FUNDING

August 19 2011

LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST CARLSBAD DESALINATION CONTINUES AS POSEIDON IS STILL SEARCHING FOR FUNDING

Know Your H20 Desalination Legal

On August 18, 2011, Surfrider filed an appeal from a June decision by Judge Judith F. Hayes of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. In pursuing legal actions such as this one, Surfrider is striving to promote and achieve the goals of our Know Your H2O program…

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Wastewater Recycling Expands in Texas

July 25 2011

Wastewater Recycling Expands in Texas

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Both reclaimed water systems (treated wastewater used for irrigation) and potable reuse systems are expanding in the Fort Worth area and throughout the state of Texas. Although this is partially in response to the current drought, it makes sense even in non-drought times. In Big Spring, a local water authority…

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Wastewater Recycling - College Students Get It

July 12 2011

Wastewater Recycling - College Students Get It

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

A recent opinion piece in San Diego State University's Daily Aztec by senior Randy Wilde points out the multiple advantages of operating the Water Purification Demonstration Project and potentially building a larger-scale version of this facility to establish a reliable, local drinking water supply at a lower cost than ocean…

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Illegal Wastewater Discharges in Maui

June 30 2011

Illegal Wastewater Discharges in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Quality

The Surfrider Foundation joins other community groups in filing a notice of intent to sue the County of Maui to force them to comply with the Clean Water Act and get the needed discharge permits to continue injecting their wastewater into the island's groundwater.

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LA to Follow OC’s Lead on Wastewater Recycling

June 15 2011

LA to Follow OC’s Lead on Wastewater Recycling

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is following the lead of Orange County in implementing both and Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) system and an expansion of their "purple pipe" reclaimed water system.

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Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

June 09 2011

Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

An innovative pollution prevention system at UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography has won awards from engineering societies and garnered kudos from a regulatory agency.

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LID in Action in San Francisco

May 18 2011

LID in Action in San Francisco

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The City of San Francisco and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke ground last week on the Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project, a first of its kind project to transform a street block into one of the most sustainable streets in San Francisco. The pilot streetscape improvement project will…

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Wastewater Recycling Advances in San Diego County

May 16 2011

Wastewater Recycling Advances in San Diego County

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

An article published in the San Diego Union Tribune today discusses plans for wastewater recycling projects throughout San Diego County and the growing public acceptance of this practice. From the article: "More than half of the region’s major water districts are planning or exploring expansions of recycled water use. Projects…

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Shut Your Tap!

May 13 2011

Shut Your Tap!

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

We were pleased to see a great blog post from Chad Reese, who is an MBA candidate in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Chad points out the wasted energy and misspent resources (not to mention the pollution impacts to the ocean) from leaving your tap running…

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Poop to Power in Orlando

May 09 2011

Poop to Power in Orlando

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

While we've blogged a lot on closing the wastewater loop via indirect potable reuse and reclaimed water use, there has been less attention paid to the solid side of things. Traditionally, "biosolids" have been utilized as soil amendments and have occasionally been used as a supplemental fuel in such industrial…

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Increased Water Self-Sufficiency in the Northwest

April 27 2011

Increased Water Self-Sufficiency in the Northwest

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Two recent articles pointed out efforts in the Northwest to increase water recycling and thereby increase water self-sufficiency. In Oregon, the Department of Environmental Quality is developing proposed rules for the reuse of graywater, or non-potable water. In Washington, an elementary school in Seattle is taking the bold step of…

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We Can Capture More Stormwater

April 05 2011

We Can Capture More Stormwater

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

A recent Op-Ed by Richard Atwater, executive director of the Southern California Water Committee, makes the point that we can capture up to 1 million acre-feet of stormwater per year (double the current amount), significantly enhancing local supplies, reducing reliance on imported sources, and reducing pollution that flows to the…

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Orange County to Expand Wastewater Recycling System

March 31 2011

Orange County to Expand Wastewater Recycling System

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Orange County Water District has announced that they will expand their award-winning wastewater recycling system, increasing its capacity from 70 million gallons per day (MGD) to 100 MGD. This is good news for local water supply reliability and good news for the ocean.

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Moving Toward Water Self-Sufficiency

March 29 2011

Moving Toward Water Self-Sufficiency

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Barry Nelson of NRDC just wrote a great article highlighting efforts by Santa Monica, Long Beach, San Diego and a couple of water districts in Los Angeles who have significantly reduced their amounts of imported water through a variety of strategies, including developing local groundwater supplies, conservation and wastewater recycling.…

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March 04 2011

Sewage to Drinking Water in USA Today

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February 23 2011

Sherri Lightner’s Proposed Water Policy Statement: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.

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February 11 2011

Putting Green to Work: Economic recovery investments for clean and reliable water

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February 09 2011

Virtual H2O

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February 04 2011

Urban developers must demonstrate there is an adequate, sustainable water supply.

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