Wastewater-To-Agriculture Project Is First Of Its Kind

Largest recycled water conveyance project in the country

By Sara Jerome May 11, 2017 wateronline.com

Water recycling for agricultural use is about to get a major boost through a massive reuse project in California that marks some first-evers.

“Starting as early as December, [Modesto] will sell its highly treated wastewater to struggling nearby farmers. When it’s up and running, Modesto’s experiment should be California’s largest wastewater-to-agriculture reuse project, and it will mark the first time recycled water flows through a federal canal,” Grist recently reported.

“The project will take tertiary-treated sewage from the cities of Modesto, Turlock and Ceres and route it through new pipelines into the Delta Mendota Canal, owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. From there, it will be purchased by Del Puerto Water District to irrigate crops on some 200 family farms along the west side of the San Joaquin Valley,” News Deeply explained.

The project, known as the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, is the “single largest recycled water conveyance project in the country and the first water project for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the owner and operator of the Delta-Mendota Canal,” the Turlock Journal reported. The effort will bring waste-to-farm techniques to some of the nation’s most productive farmland….