The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has awarded the 2018 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence to the Del Puerto Water District for its North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program.
The program is an innovative solution to water supply and reliability issues in the San Joaquin Valley. It utilizes treated municipal wastewater from Modesto and Turlock and makes it available for agricultural irrigation on more than 45,000 acres of highly productive farmland in Del Puerto Water District’s service area. With a newly constructed pumping plant and pipeline connecting the cities’ treatment facilities to the Delta-Mendota canal, deliveries of 13,200 acre-feet per year are now being made for beneficial use on agricultural lands and to South of Delta CVPIA-designated wildlife refuges.
“The North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program is an excellent example of local leadership and collaboration,” said ACWA President Brent Hastey. The project has brought together municipal, agricultural, and environmental interests for the purpose of putting recycled water to a higher beneficial use. Del Puerto Water District’s creativity and innovation is an inspiration to all water agencies facing the challenge of developing new water supplies”
ACWA’s Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence is an annual award program that recognizes outstanding achievements by public water agencies. The winning agency has the honor of awarding a $5,000 scholarship to a deserving student in the name of Clair A. Hill, founder of the consulting engineering firm CH2M, now Jacobs.
The award was presented during ACWA’s 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition held this week in Sacramento.