LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster on Monday announced the completion of the new recycled water irrigation system at Lancaster City Park.
The City Park Recycled Water Conversion project allows the nearly 70 acre park, which includes Lancaster’s Big 8 Softball Complex, to be irrigated entirely by recycled water. The project will save approximately 125 acre-feet of potable water per year; an equivalent of nearly 40,730,000 gallons annually.
The City Park Recycled Water Conversion project, which cost approximately $456,000 to construct, is expected to save 625 acre-feet of potable water and more than $156,000 in water costs over the next five years.
The project, approved by both the Los Angeles County Health Department and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, utilizes recycled water from the local Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant. At the plant, reclaimed water goes through a three-stage treatment process, resulting in tertiary-treated water.
This grade of disinfected water has many applications. Recycled water can be used for irrigation of parks, golf courses, nurseries and even agriculture; firefighting and street cleaning; industrial reuse; toilet flushing; as a water supply for livestock; and much more.
The water from the reclamation plant then travels nearly eight miles through a series of special recycled-water pipelines, which stretch from the reclamation facility on Avenue D to Lancaster City Park on Avenue K-8.
This new pipeline, constructed over the past eight years with assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers, is the main artery of the City’s recycled water system infrastructure.
The recycled water pipeline includes the capability to allow facilities with large-scale irrigation needs to tie into the pipeline, such as the new Kaiser Permanente medical office building being constructed near Avenue L and 5th Street West.
The Lancaster University Center, located near Avenue I, has already connected to the recycled water pipeline and is now expecting to use 11 acre-feet of recycled water annually, thus saving 11 acre-feet of potable water per year (an acre-foot is roughly equivalent to 325,800 gallons).