Olivenhain MWD Continues to Expand Recycled Water Use

Earlier this month Olivenhain Municipal Water District announced they began supplying locally produced recycled water to the Seagate Village Homeowner Association in Encinitas.

The project is a collaboration between OMWD and San Elijo Joint Powers Authority since 2014 to bring recycled water to the Village Park neighborhood. San Elijo Water Campus, located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, uses a combination of sand filtration, microfiltration, and reverse osmosis to produce high-quality water for irrigation and industrial uses.

“Seagate Village Homeowner Association should be commended for taking advantage of recycled water through their partnership with OMWD,” said OMWD Board Director Christy Guerin. “Using recycled water for irrigation conserves millions of gallons of potable water while the HOA enjoys the economic benefits of reducing operational costs.”

By converting to recycled water, the HOA will offset imported potable demand by about 9.5 acre-feet annually, or nearly 3.1 million gallons, as well as reduce their expenses due to the reduced cost of recycled water.

“We are looking forward to converting all our common green areas, including an extremely large recreational park, to recycled water,” said Seagate Village HOA president Bob Cantrell. “It gives us far greater latitude to keep our grounds looking great and continue to supply potable water to our condo areas and swimming pool, all still within our yearly working budget. OMWD has been extremely helpful in this complicated conversion effort and we are very grateful for their guidance.”

In addition to the Village Park project, OMWD produces up to two million gallons of recycled water daily at its 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility.

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