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Reclaimed water or recycled water, is wastewater (sewage) that is treated to remove solids and certain impurities, and used in many settings for sustainable landscaping irrigation or to recharge groundwater aquifers. The purpose of these processes is sustainability and water conservation, rather than discharging the treated water to surface waters such as rivers and oceans. The Sterling Natural Resource Center is a reclamation facility which will be used to replenish the local groundwater basin.
The Sterling Natural Resource Center is a wastewater treatment facility that will be located in the City of Highland by East Valley Water District to treat wastewater generated within East Valley Water District’s service area. The new treatment facility would produce disinfected tertiary recycled water (Title 22 water quality for unrestricted use). The treated water would be discharged to replenish the Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin.
The SNRC would be constructed on a 14-acre parcel of land located at North Del Rosa Drive between East 5th Street and East 6th Street. The Treatment Facility would be located on the eastern property while the Administration Center would be located on the western parcel. The collection/conveyance pipelines would be constructed along the existing rights of way.
Construction for the Sterling Natural Resource Center will officially begin on October 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
The SNRC intends to be a community asset and a good neighbor. The SNRC facility would:
In an effort to select a name that represented the long history of the region and the resource the facility will be, the team looked to the past. The Sterling Natural Resource Center is named after A.E. Sterling, a local visionary and active valley leader.In addition, one definition of sterling is: "of the highest quality."