Western Water Recycling Facility
Using the right source for the right use is what recycled water is all about. Water recycling extends our water supply, reduces wastewater disposal costs and lessens the impact during drier times with a local product. One of Western Water's most significant capital improvement projects to date was the expansion of the Western Water Recycling Facility (WWRF). The expansion, completed in 2011, has increased the capacity to treat up to 3 million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at a tertiary level. Treated water from the facility is provided to the Riverside National Cemetery and General Archie Old Golf Course as well as parks, schools, groves and nurseries, representing a set of customers converted from a nonportable water system to a recycled water infrastructure providing a more reliable product.
The Uses of Recycled Water
The use of recycled water is critical for the sustainable management of our long-term water supplies. Using treated recycled water instead of potable water to irrigate our parks, schools, and commercial properties will significantly impact our region’s ability to survive and prosper well into the 22nd century. Recycled water is a safe, virtually drought-proof source of additional water for our region. Western is currently expanding and upgrading its own wastewater treatment plant.
The Western Water Recycling Facility increases our local water supply by providing recycled water to irrigate parks, schools, and landscapes in place of imported drinking water. Western and the State of California believe the use of recycled water is critical for the sustainable management of long-term water supplies for our region. Reusing expensive imported water through recycling is responsible management of our state’s most precious natural resource.