The North Bay Water Reuse Authority has been awarded $7.3 million by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) towards the construction of projects that will expand recycled water use in the region. The funds are the first increment of a $25 million federal authorization by Congress in March 2009.
“The North Bay Water Recycling Program would once again like to express how thankful we are to Congressman Mike Thompson, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for securing the funding. Their support has made it possible to move forward with these important projects that will help to ensure a long-term reliable water supply for our communities. We are thrilled to be able to begin funding the construction phase,” said Bill Long, chairman of the authority.
The grant is also good news for the local economy. Based on a formula developed by the ARRA, the $7.3 million will create approximately 372 jobs during the construction. The total number of jobs includes direct labor, labor for material costs and indirect jobs.
“Recycled water is an important part of the solution toward developing sustainable water supplies for the North Bay. These funds will allow many years of planning to become a reality as construction begins,” stated Chuck Weir, program manager for the North Bay Water Reuse Authority. “Recycled water will help to ensure that there is a reliable, environmentally beneficial water supply to support the needs of our communities and economies.”
The water recycling projects are part of a regional cooperative program that includes the Sonoma County Water Agency, Napa Sanitation District, Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District, Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District and Novato Sanitary District. In addition, North