California is still experiencing a severe drought, even with the large amounts of rainfall seen across the state over the past few weeks. Shortfalls of water will become more apparent as the weather heats up in the spring.
Two northern California towns have implemented an innovative solution that’s bringing some relief in regards to the drinking water supply. The San José Environmental Services Department is making recycled water available at truck fill stations in San José and Milpitas from its South Bay Water Recycling system. Now commercial trucks can use recycled water instead of drinking water for three approved uses — construction trucks that spray water to keep down dust at construction sites, city trucks that perform sewer cleanouts, and street sweeping trucks that mist the street surface as they sweep.
Seven filling stations are now operational in San José. Five recycled water filling stations have been established in the Milpitas area. The town of Santa Clara plans to open a filling station sometime later this year. Several other Bay Area towns also have fill stations in place that are being used by the community.
Will more towns jump on this bandwagon? Seems likely. Maybe this water-saving idea will spread across the country. It definitely could make a real impact.
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