Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:15 am
A new source of irrigation water is finding its way to the West Side.
Treated wastewater from the city of Modesto is flowing through a new pipeline and ultimately to the Del Puerto Water District, where it will be recycled for use by farmers who saw their supply of irrigation water evaporate during the depths of California’s drought years.
The water is being delivered through the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, which will deliver water to the Del Puerto district for irrigation use in fields and orchards.
The first phase of the project, which links the district with the Modesto wastewater treatment facility, is complete and has started delivering water, announced Anthea Hansen, Del Puerto’s general manager.
Hansen previously said the importance of the project to Del Puerto, which is subject to an uncertain supply of surface irrigation water through the federal water project from one year to the next, cannot be overstated.