UWCD has been assessing recycled water opportunities to offset groundwater pumping and expand its water supply portfolio. United Water shares the vision of the 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio that was prepared in response to the Governor’s Executive Order N-10-19 in 2019 and finalized in July 2020. The 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio acknowledges and recognizes that “Recycled water is a sustainable, nearly drought-proof supply when used efficiently, and the total volume of water California recycles today could triple in the next decade.”
The District supports local and regional agencies’ use of recycled water to help California meet its goal of using at least 2 ½ million acre-feet per year of recycled water by 2030. The District is committed to increasing financial capacity to support recycled water projects and updating regulations to expand the use of recycled water.
As part of this effort, the District has secured conditional approval for recycled water distribution and use in the Pumping Trough Pipeline system. Once active, this project could yield up to 6,000 acre-feet per year for agricultural irrigation.