Friday, December 19, 2014

North County groundwater storage project to be built

San Francisco Examiner/Bay City News, 12/18/14.  "New water-storage project coming to San Mateo County."

"The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reached an agreement Tuesday night with two San Mateo County cities and a San Jose-based water company that is expected to benefit 2.6 million Bay Area residents, SFPUC officials announced Wednesday. The commission's Regional Groundwater Storage and Project with Daly City, San Bruno and California Water Service Co., which serves South San Francisco and Colma, would store water that could be used during emergencies such as a drought or earthquake, SFPUC officials said.   Read article.
Image of Groundwater
Sustainable groundwater use in farming,
and increasingly used in growing cities
20 x more water underground.
Storage and pumping works.
May need careful water level
replenishment regulation
Related - San Francisco Water Power Sewer, (Services of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission), News Archive, 12/17/14. "Landmark agreement finalized for important Bay Area Groundwater Storage Project for Drought and Emergencies."  "San Francisco, CA – A landmark agreement between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and three San Mateo County organizations was finalized and signed Tuesday (12/16/14)  night to ensure long-term management and sustainability of the South Westside Groundwater Basin. The basin, which stretches from San Francisco to Burlingame, has the capacity to store 20 billion gallons of groundwater in a regional water “savings account” to protect against future drought and earthquake.  ...  “As we continue confronting the worst drought in California history, it is essential that we sustain our efforts to implement water resiliency projects for the future. Together with other Bay Area cities and agencies, we’re working to ensure that we save every drop of water in order to protect our region during times of drought or an earthquake,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee.

The $113 million Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery project is a partnership between the SFPUC, City of Daly City, City of San Bruno and California Water Service Company. During years of normal or heavy rainfall, the project will provide additional surface water to the partner agencies in San Mateo County in order to reduce the amount of groundwater pumped from the South Westside Groundwater Basin. Over time, the reduced pumping will create a groundwater savings account of up to 60,500 acre-feet of water or 20 billion gallons — a volume equivalent to that of the SFPUC’s Crystal Springs Reservoir.  ....  The groundwater supply project has completed environmental review and is moving forward to construction in 2015. Once completed in 2018, this project, through 16 new recovery wells, stations, pumps and pipelines constructed in the Peninsula will provide 7.2 million gallons of water per day benefitting the 2.6 million people in the Bay Area who rely on the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System.The article also links to groundwater information and other archives.

Related - City of Daly City, 12/17/14. "Daly City signs onto landmark agreement for important Bay Area Groundwater Storage Project for drought and emergencies." "....  "Daly City is proud to be part of a collaborative partnership that has demonstrated significant commitment toward diversifying local water supplies for the benefit of residents in the region," stated City Manager Patricia E. Martel.
Daly City provides drinking water from two sources, local groundwater from the South Westside Groundwater Basin and surface water supplies from the SFPUC."

Related, including photographs above.  Left, water pipe from Water Education Foundation/Groundwater, "Groundwater is also increasingly relied upon by growing cities and thirsty farms, and it plays an important role in the future sustainability of California’s overall water supply." includes imbedded video, "California pumps 14.5 Billion gallons a day", 1.24 minutes.  Right, pump station from Erler and Kalinowski, Inc.,Consulting Engineers/Scientists/Groundwater. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good. I am running out of buckets to catch rainwater. Since our rain water caches have been destroyed this fake water drought is forcing unnecessary regulations. Build rain water caches. When it rains, there is no drought.