Rumination for March 5, 2014

At a recent Wildomar City Council meeting staff commented that in order to bring reclaimed or recycled water to Marna O’Brien park the cost would come out to around $800,000.
This number may be correct if one were to only consider bringing water a distance of 1.1 miles to one user (Marna O’Brien Park) that would use approximately 30-40 acre feet of water annually but if one were to extend that line another one mile and add an additional two users, William Collier Elementary and Serenity Park in Lake Elsinore (possibly 3 users when Regency Heritage Parks problems are resolved) all using approximately the same amount of water each for a total of 90-120 acre feet of water annually.
With the cost divided amongst 3 entities, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore Unified School District and the City of Lake Elsinore, all seeking grants from the State California who has declared a state of drought emergency the cost could be negligible. The cost could be reduced even further if the line were carried to the back basin which would bring in the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watershed Authority JPA as well as the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, this along with the Lakeland Village School on Grand Ave.
When is Wildomar going to look at the big picture rather try to sell its citizens the lie that we are in it alone and can’t afford to do anything.
FYI – the current capacity of the Palomar Recycled Water Booster Station owned by Eastern Municipal Water District for a cost of $6 million, which is located behind the cemetery in Wildomar, has a capacity of 24,000 Gallons per Minute which is 36 million gallons a day. The current usage by 25 users is about 700 acre feet annually (about a weeks worth of current capacity)with the balance going ?

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