Augmenting Water Resources with Reclaimed Water: The Case of Eastern Municipal Water District and Rancho California Water District
Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) operates five water reclamation facilities providing either secondary- or tertiary-treated water that is used for a variety of irrigation and landscape uses. Currently EMWD beneficially reuses approximately 55 percent of its reclaimed water. As a result of anticipated growth in population, water consumption, and reclaimed water generation, EMWD is interested in maximizing water reuse in order to curtail water demand and reliance on imported water supplies. It is anticipated that up to 16,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of reclaimed water could be available in the future to implement water augmentation projects, beyond current water reuse rates.