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Fresno uses recycled water for city’s open spaces


In the face of continuing drought, Fresno, California, is looking to use recycled wastewater to ease the burden on its groundwater sources.

The City Council voted unanimously to install a new pipeline system that will provide recycled water to irrigate golf courses, parks and other open spaces, according to The Fresno Bee.

The recycled water will travel from Fresno Wastewater Treatment Facility to the nearby Copper River Country Club, Fort Washington Golf Club, Woodward Park, and several schools in the area, said Kevin Norgaard, a supervising engineer with the city’s wastewater management division.

The system will run separately from those that carry potable water to homes and businesses. The actual construction of the recycled water-mains is estimated to cost about $26 million and is not included in the AECOM contract. According to Norgaard, the construction of the system will take place in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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