The Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) announced that it has partnered with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles to analyze the feasibility of building a membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant in the District’s service area. The plant would treat wastewater to standards accepted by the California Department of Public Health. The water will then be recharged into the groundwater basin where additional treatment would occur through the natural process of filtering through soils.
The plant would use biological means, membranes and ultraviolet light to treat the wastewater to acceptable standards. All sludge would then go back into the wastewater system for further treatment at one of the Sanitation Districts plants.
“This small-scale plant will help reduce the District’s dependence on imported water, help meet the legislative mandate to reduce water use by 20% by year 2020 and ultimately cost less than imported water supplies,” said Richard Atwater, president of the FMWD board with expertise in the development of over 100,000 acre-feet of recycled water in Southern California with a capital cost of over $800 million used for groundwater recharge as well as irrigation of parks, schools and freeway medians. These projects have been internationally recognized by the State of California, US EPA and by water experts for their innovation and cost effectiveness in developing environmental friendly new local water supplies.
The Sanitation Districts are providing technical and regulatory expertise in support of the study. The study has also received a $75,000 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board.
Foothill Municipal Water District provides imported water to Crescenta Valley Water District, La Cañada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association. Kinneloa Irrigation District, another retail agency, takes no water from Foothill.
Information regarding Foothill Municipal Water District can be found at www.fmwd.com.