Water Reclamation Facility Celebrates Opening
With the snip of the giant, ceremonial scissors, the Visalia City Council officially opened the Visalia Water Reclamation Facility.
A celebration of partnerships and conservation, today's festivities marked the completion of the Facility's upgrade project.
The construction project started in March 2014 and was undertaken to provide for the City’s wastewater treatment needs and to help mitigate the groundwater overdraft condition within the City.
"This facility is the largest public works project in the history of Visalia and was upgraded to produce recycled water that is California Title 22 compliant that is delivered to Tulare Irrigation District (TID) for use by their growers," shared Mayor Warren Gubler. "In exchange, TID delivers surface water to the City to be used for groundwater recharge."
In fact, today's festivities kicked off the delivery of recycled water to TID.
Additionally, thanks to the upgrade project including the laying of purple pipe, the Facility feeds the City's Valley Oak Golf Course, Plaza Park and nearby City owned farmland.
"It doesn't get much play, but this facility is the fifth largest of it's type in the United States and it's in the top 25 worldwide," added Jim Ross, City of Visalia Public Works Manager. "So little ol' Visalia is in the big leagues when it comes to recycled water. This Facility has positioned Visalia as a leader in the water recycling field."
To view the grand opening ceremony, head to the City of Visalia's Facebook page.