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Reclaimed-water System Questions
updated: Jan 30, 2014, 1:25 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

The Indy's recent water article contained this info: "Santa Barbara's reclaimed-water system, it turns out, has barely functioned for the past seven years. It's now being taken offline for major repairs. When that work is completed two years hence, it will replace 1,300 acre-feet of potable water that could more directly meet human needs. "

Does anyone have more information on why it has not worked for 7 years and needs two years of repairs, same as the desal plant?

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 490639 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 01:27 PM

I'm sure it has something to do with the City of Santa Barbara. Why not pose the question to our elected leaders?


 COMMENT 490645P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 01:38 PM



 COMMENT 490662 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 02:08 PM

All the money was spent on bulb-outs/calming circles/too small roundabouts. And helping the transients.


 COMMENT 490668P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 02:23 PM

It rained so they sold off a bunch of the equipment. Then they let it sit.....So glad I don't live in the city!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 COMMENT 490672 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 02:34 PM

I Googled it but couldn't really find anything. I guess this means that Caltrans is using potable water to irrigate the $700K median strip vegetation that they recently had installed from Milpas to Castillo.


 COMMENT 490683P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 03:02 PM

662 nailed it. Maintenance of existing infrastructure is boring, so politicians don't do it, because then no one gives them credit for doing their jobs. Far better to promote projects that give you photo ops.


 COMMENT 490684 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 03:04 PM

The recycled water system is as old as the desal plant. Everything needs to be upgraded from time to time. New technology is out there to make it run more efficient, less potable water and electricity.


 COMMENT 490754 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 07:16 PM

Wow! So you're saying all those signs I see around town about "DO NOT DRINK - RECLAIMED WATER", are false? When was it installed and why hasn't more been done to keep it functioning? I'll be forwarding this to KEYT, maybe CJ will do a story on it.


 COMMENT 490760 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-30 08:28 PM

662 Did not nail it. People only see infrastructure that needs to be fixed or when it affects them. They call and complain to the city and get results to what they think needs to be done. People do not go to el estero and look for issues. The real problems don't get fixed because the public is not aware.


 COMMENT 490776 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 08:04 AM

Well, those reclaimed water distribution systems have not been disinfected so there is a chance that the water is contaminated even if the supply is from our potable water. So maybe don't drink it.

This definitely needs to be picked up by a reporter and investigated.


 COMMENT 490792 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 08:50 AM

Too much city money spent on maintaining the bums, not enough on infrastructure for the tax paying residents.


 COMMENT 491010 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 04:53 PM

Doesn't anyone wonder why it will cost 20 MILLION dollars to repair the Desal plant??? Could it be that the City sold off the 'brains' along with the filters to the Middle East. Think I remember an article in the Newsless Press back then that said exactly that. We need a good reporter to investigate the goings on with the City. Still more building permits are issued daily - what are they going to drink, oh I forgot we are supposed to save for the NEW residents. We don't have the resources to support all the people!!!!


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