The Cambrian

San Simeon services district spends $208,000 on recycled water system

Dignitaries gathered Wednesday, Feb. 13, to launch the San Simeon Community Services District’s new, $208,000, small-scale project to produce recycled water. The HiPOx system cleans and purifies the effluent to the point where the treated water can be recycled for such uses as irrigating landscaping and lawns.

Among attendees were county Supervisor Bruce Gibson, Cambria Community Services District Director Muril Clift and CCSD General Manager Jerry Gruber.

The district ordered the treating equipment after receiving dozens of effluent-quality violations in 2005-2006. State water regulators fined the district $228,000 then, but allowed the community to use $142,500 of those fines to help pay for the effluent-treating process.

The district’s regularly treated effluent is piped to the ocean, but the new system intercepts about 40 percent of that now to hyper-treat it. The district’s short-term plan is to transport the recycled water or make it available to customers with large landscaped areas, thereby freeing up some of the community’s drinking-quality water that’s currently being used for irrigation.

The district also is seeking grants to pay for a purple-pipe system through which the recycled water would be sent directly to those customers.