The Wastewater Replenishment District of Southern California netted a Gold Nugget Award of Merit at the recent PCBC conference in San Francisco for its Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP). The future GRIP facility, located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Pico Rivera, will use state-of-the-art technology to daily treat and purify billions of gallons of recycled wastewater annually to replenish the local groundwater basin for domestic use later.
The purified water produced at the facility will replace 7 billion gallons of imported water from Northern California to refill the local basins. The project will ultimately help secure the future water supply of the West and Central Basins of Southern California for more than 4 million people. The facility will also feature interactive water education space for the public, a roof garden and ground level open space that will showcase drought tolerant demonstration gardens.
"WRD is thrilled and deeply proud to receive such a prestigious recognition for a project that will free our region of Southern California from the need to import billions of gallons of water annually from Northern California and the Colorado River," said WRD Board President Willard H. Murray, Jr. "Most importantly, this award proves that the public projects, even a water treatment facility, do not have to be void of artistic creativity or shared community space."
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California is the regional groundwater management agency that protects and preserves the quantity and quality of groundwater for two of the most utilized urban basins in the State of California. The service area is home to over ten percent of California's population `residing in 43 cities in southern Los Angeles County.