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Local water district earns prestigious award for recycling

Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District (Rincon Water) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) were honored with the Recycled Water Agency of the Year (medium-sized) and Recycled Water Customer of the Year, at the 2015 WateReuse California Annual Conference held in Los Angeles, California earlier this week.

As the Recycled Water Agency of the Year, Rincon Water, which serves the Greater Escondido Valley, was selected based on its work with recycled water, on a significant level, as an alternative water source within their service area. Rincon has also demonstrated leadership, creativity, and persistence in developing a comprehensive program and outreach to the community to expand awareness and implementation of water recycling.

As a customer of Rincon Water, SDG&E, a regulated utility that provides safe and reliable energy service, was nominated and selected as this year’s Recycled Water Customer of the Year for its commitment to recycled water use at its Palomar Energy Center.

“Recycled water is no longer solely used for landscape irrigation purposes as evidenced in our customer base,” said Greg Thomas, Rincon Water’s General Manager. “This is best demonstrated at SDG&E’s Palomar

Energy Center located in the Escondido Resource and Technology Center,” he said. As a Rincon Water customer, under normal operating conditions, SDG&E uses about 3 million gallons of recycled water per day for circulating water, water treatment, fire protection, service water, and landscape irrigation, making SDG&E the largest consumer of recycled water in San Diego County. As a leader among utilities for environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices, SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money. “Rincon Water is proud to work with such a sustainable leader which is also conserving water through their progressive recycled water program. SDG&E is clearly a recycled water Customer of Excellence,” said David Drake, Rincon Water’s Board President.

Rincon Water began delivering recycled water in 2004 in order to reduce dependence on imported water supplies while working with the City of Escondido to minimize wastewater discharges through land and ocean outfalls. With the initial goal of delivering 250 acre feet of recycled water to large, select landscape sites within its first year, it increased its recycled water deliveries to more than 3,000 acre feet in less than ten years.

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