District Receives Award for Recycled Water Project

September  22, 2016

Napa, California – The Napa Sanitation District (NSD) was awarded the Agricultural Project of the Year Award by WateReuse for their recycled water expansion project.   WateReuse is a national association that advocates for increased water reuse across the country.

NSD General Manager, Tim Healy, accepted the award on behalf of NSD at the WateReuse conference earlier this month.  The Agricultural Project of the Year award is given to an organization whose project demonstrates that recycled water usage increases agricultural sustainability, helps to conserve energy, and can also provide valuable nutrients to crops.  Completed in 2016, the recycled water expansion project that met these criteria and garnered the award are the upgrades made to the treatment plant to allow for 3,700 acre feet (1.2 billion gallons) of recycled water to be produced each year, and the Los Carneros Water District and the Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay (MST) recycled water pipelines.  

“It is an honor to be given the national Agricultural Project of the Year Award,” said Napa Mayor and Napa Sanitation District Board Chair Jill Techel.  “After years of careful planning, partnering with local agencies and landowners, and successfully obtaining grant funding, we are now able to provide a sustainable, drought-resistant source of water for agriculture in Napa.”

By expanding and upgrading the treatment process, NSD doubled the amount of recycled water that can be produced each year.  This water will be delivered to approximately 150 vineyard properties located in the MST and Carneros regions of Napa County through the two new recycled water pipelines.  Together these pipelines will initially deliver over 1,000 acre feet (325 million gallons) of water per year and allow the District to recycle every drop of water received by the treatment plant during irrigation season.  This significantly reduces the demand for groundwater and surface water in the MST and Carneros areas and saves potable water from being used for irrigation.

Napa Sanitation District (NSD) provides wastewater collection, treatment, and recycled water production and distribution services to the residents and businesses in the City of Napa, Silverado Country Club, the Napa County Airport and several adjacent unincorporated areas. NSD’s service area covers 20 square miles, and NSD provides recycled water for irrigation to 4,000 acres of property in Napa County. NSD has been serving the community since November 1945. For further information about the District, please see www.NapaSan.com.