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Concord DMV Field Office Reuses Water to Combat Drought

July 31, 2015

Concord - The Concord DMV field office has teamed up with the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD) to use recycled water to irrigate landscaping.  On July 15, 2015, CCCSD connected the irrigation system at the field office to their network of purple pipelines, making it the first state owned DMV property to use recycled water.

“The DMV is always looking for ways to reduce our drinking water use,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.  “We are proud of our continued efforts to meet executive orders to lower drinking water consumption in all of our offices statewide.”

Every year, CCCSD provides about 200 million gallons of treated and recycled wastewater to nourish grass and plants to customers in Martinez, Concord and Pleasant Hill.  This water is not designed for human consumption, but is perfect for irrigating lawns and landscaping in order to save drinking water.

Using the recycled water is estimated to reduce the use of drinking water at the Concord field office by as much as 45 percent.  This will significantly reduce DMV’s water bill because the recycled water is provided at a discount price.  Customers converting to CCCSD’s recycled water typically save 25% on their irrigation bill.

The DMV field office is the sixth connection in CCCSD’s Concord Landscape Project, a project that received more than a million dollars in grant funding from the Department of Water Resources.

During the drought, the Save Our Water website has tools and tips to help everyone conserve water at home and at work.

Crews installing recycled water line.
photos of recycled water lines installation and use at Concord DMV
Sprinklers spraying recycled water at Concord DMV.
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