Deal will supply recycled water to Seaside golf courses – Monterey Herald

MARINA — Recycled water will soon flow through two golf courses in Seaside, pumping clean water to other affordable housing in the largest city on the Monterey Coast.

In the coming weeks, water will be pumped to irrigate Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, both owned by the City of Seaside, from advanced treated wastewater from Monterey One Water’s Pure Water Monterey Project. . Treated water for golf courses will mean less water pumped out of the surcharged Seaside Groundwater Pond.

Considered a drought-resistant water source, Mike McCullough, the director of external affairs, explained Monday that a pipeline from the Pure Water Monterey facility will pump peak treated water to the where it will hit a type of T-line on the way. injection wells at Seaside. From the T line, 132 million gallons per year will be directed to the golf courses on General Jim Moore Boulevard.

Vehicles drive along Gigling Road in Seaside near the future site of the Campus Town development on former army land (James Herrera – Monterey Herald)

This will allow the Town of Seaside to use potable water from the Seaside Basin to provide additional potable water for housing projects, including the planned Campus Town project. Water will be supplied by mains owned by Marina Coast Water District.

Seaside City Council has unanimously approved the purchase of 132 million gallons per year of recycled water capacity for $7.5 million from the Marina Coast Water District.

“Recycled water will release much-needed groundwater to support future development in Campus Town, offset Seaside’s current use, and increase opportunities for affordable housing projects in Seaside,” said Marina Coast General Manager Remleh Scherzinger. .

Initial planning for the 85-acre project called for nearly 1,500 housing units as well as hotel rooms, hostels and retail businesses.

“This project positions the city to control our water destiny and will allow us to advance critical housing projects,” Seaside Mayor Ian Oglesby said in a press release.

Dave Stoldt, general manager of the adjacent Monterey Peninsula Water District, explained Monday that the difference between advanced treated water and potable water is that water for irrigation can be pumped directly to the source from Pure Water Monterey, in this case the golf course.

Even though pre-treated water is purified to such a degree that it would be safe for human consumption, state regulators require that it first be injected into aquifers like the Sea Basin where , over a period of time, at least several months, the water seeps through the sand and other filtration elements before it hits the aquifer, which can be seen as a spongy lake hundreds of feet below the surface. From there it can be pumped to households.

“This is the culmination of many years of work, partnering with Monterey One Water to build the reclaimed water treatment plant, change ordinances, develop rates, build infrastructure and more” , said Scherzinger of Marina Coast.

Pure Water Monterey is a regional collaboration between Marina Coast, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. Water from Pure Water Monterey also supplies water to the peninsula in the same manner as advanced treated water in the Sea Basin.

The sea basin was judged from 2006 by the Superior Court of Monterey County to manage the amount of water extracted. A 13-member “waterbender” group was formed to manage the amount of water taken by the Peninsula District and the California American Water Co. Marina Coast was not part of the tender because it draws its water in separate basins, specifically the Monterey Sub-basin and the Monterey Sub-basin. Salinas Valley Basin.

Michael C. Ford