OCWDOrange County Water District
OCWDOrange County Web Design (Anaheim, CA)
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The system has four rate components: a customer charge; a base commodity charge; a water commodity adjustment to recover the actual cost of purchased water from MWD and OCWD, along with electricity charges for pumping; and a water system reliability adjustment for capital cost recovery.
OCWD relies on water from its large aquifer and the Santa Ana River, but cities in the southern part of Orange County depend mostly on water that's imported from northern California and the Colorado River.
The sixth recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, OCWD piloted Water Factory 21 in the 1970s, the first facility in the world to successfully demonstrate that potable-grade quality recycled water can be reliably produced from treated used water effluent through an advanced water purification system relying on reverse osmosis and granular activated carbon.
There are three main components of this project currently under construction: the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), a 13-mile pipeline connecting the AWPF to OCWD's groundwater recharge basins, and expansion of the existing seawater intrusion barrier with additional injection and monitoring wells.
According to Virginia Grebbien, general manager of the OCWD, the utility knew it couldn't avoid controversy based on water reuse projects elsewhere.
The district has made progress towards the development of new water supplies with recycled water now accounting for about a quarter of its supply Approximately 56% of supply comes from groundwater managed by OCWD, which charges the district to pump water from the groundwater basin at a much lower rate than imported water.
The OCWD's goal is to send 100% of Santa Ana River flows through natural wetlands treatment to improve water quality.
This was much lower than many of the district's customers' required conservation, as many chose to cut back on other more costly sources of water before reducing purchases of OCWD water.
Located in an arid region where water resources are precious, the OCWD currently purchases imported water from the Colorado River and the State Water Project.