TOAV breaks ground on treatment plant (April 16, 2015)

APPLE VALLEY — Timing can be everything, and Water Week is optimal for the groundbreaking of the Apple Valley Subregional Water Reclamation Facility.

The Thursday ceremony fell near the middle of the April 12 to 18 recognition week, when water and wastewater professionals from communities across the country join together to consider and advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment, the Water Week website says.

The facility start at Lenny Brewster Sports Center [21024 Otoe Road, Apple Valley, CA] — following a late March ceremony for its twin in Hesperia — has been decades in the planning and will deliver important local impacts, officials say.

It means recycled water for us to save money, and conservation, Apple Valley Mayor Larry Cusack said before the event. They are the big things that will help us out.

Daily production is estimated at 1 million gallons of recycled water a day, or 1,120 acre-feet per year, for use in irrigation, landscaping, and construction. Town officials said the first places to receive the recycled water will be Lenny Brewster Sports Center, Civic Center Park, and the Apple Valley Golf Course.

The total $65.89 million twin projects have been touted widely for their future ability to deliver recycled wastewater for irrigation and reduce potable water use, but that’s actually a secondary benefit, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority General Manager Logan Olds said. The primary need is to serve the area’s growing population with higher wastewater treatment capacities, Olds said.

It really takes the cooperation of everyone to get it done, Apple Valley Councilman Scott Nassif, a representative to the joint-powers VVWRA, said of the project start. He said the timing is fortunate — because of the drought there are federal and state funding mechanisms to help us get this done.


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Source: Gary Brodeur, Daily Press