Rep. Zoe Lofgren Applauds $4 million in Federal Funding for South Bay Water Reclamation & Reuse Program

May 15, 2014
Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) announced today that the City of San José will receive $4 million in federal funding for the South Bay Water Recycling Program. The funding will go towards construction of infrastructure improvements expanding the water recycling program, including more than 20 miles of recycled water pipeline, two 2.75 million gallon storage reservoirs, and reliability improvements at the transmission pump station.  Recycled water from the project is used for multiple purposes, including environmental restoration, urban agriculture, landscape and industry.  
"Water recycling programs are proving to be smart and effective ways to help meet the needs for water while easing the demands placed on drinking water during times of drought," said Rep. Lofgren. "We are already experiencing the effects of climate change.  As environmental conditions become more unpredictable they will require new conservation and efficiency efforts to meet our needs for water."
Rep. Lofgren has long supported efforts since her time on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to improve long-term sustainability and cost-effective solutions to combat both severe droughts and growing water needs. 
In addition to supporting funding requests for the South Bay Water Recycling Program, she recently sent a letter to her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives touting the WaterSMART Grants Program and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program that fund the investments like today's $4 million in funding for water recycling initiatives.  Citing the need to be more effective at responding more quickly to conditions as they develop, she has urged her colleagues to streamline the program so reclamation and reuse projects deemed to have merit by the Bureau of Reclamation are not stalled pending Congressional approval.  
The South Bay Recycling Program is a joint effort by local municipalities and water districts, administered by the City of San José, to provide recycled water throughout Santa Clara County.  Currently recycled water delivered by the program replaces approximately 10,000 acre-feet per year of imported water with a local, sustainable, supply of water. 
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