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Just when you think California could get any crazier San Diego comes up with a plan to store reclaimed water in the small local city lakes like Miramar. The Pure Water act allows using reclaimed water, the problem is how to deliver it without another pipping infra structure system. San Diego's answer is store the reclaimed water in existing reserviors. Reclaimed water has all the nutrients removed and may still have unknown virus and narcadic that was flushed into the wastewater system before pureification.

Impact could be serious to small lakes with fragile ecosystems or trophy bass lakes like Miramar. Hope Sacramento doesn't make this a state wide program.

Tom

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What a great idea, and long overdue Tom! Up here people were trucking reclaimed water from treatment plants just to keep their landscaping from dying during the drought, not to mention the public parks and landscaping that is irrigated with reclaimed water. Hopefully it will be implemented throughout the southern part of the state to hedge against another drought. Those tunnels are to keep almond and pistachio trees in the Central Valley watered. And a piping infrastructure system for reclaimed water probably equals jobs... JB 

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Funny how they are worried about boaters and recreation, but treated sewage is okay. That's the insanity of water utility managers for you.

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J._ Saving treated water in small local reserviors would be good if the treated water is pure of super bugs like MRSA and narcadic opiates from hospitals and households. Most of our small local water supply reserviors are less than 500 surface acres, water storage lakes over 2,000 surface acres should be able to delute whatever harmful particulates maybe in the water. It's fairly easy to add nutrients to a reservior to keep the fish population healthy, if it's done, I sure that isn't a consideration currently.

It is a good idea to reclaim water and will more than likely be implemented statewide without thoughts of the recreational value of the fisheries, always a after thought when the public discovers the harm done.

Tom

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Very true Tom, however effluent from treatment plants have been discharging into the Sac-San Joaquin river system for decades. Not to mention state officials ongoing efforts to "chemically treat" the delta's aquatic plants, hyacinth, and tules. Fisheries in this part of the state have suffered dramatically over the years. Those who have made the decisions and benefited have been indifferent to the decline.

 

It'd be a win-win if all this treated water was used to irrigate orchards and certain crops, like alfalfa and cotton, saving the higher quality water for residential and businesses, not to mention fisheries and wildlife. But that would cut into someone's bottom line and force an expenditure of capital on new delivery system infrastructure.

 

Good fishing, JB 

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Very true, water is gold in Califirnia, too little for to many folks.

Tom

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