Bay Area reuse expansion fails to pass US Representatives

The Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009, which sought to amend the Reclamation Wastewater & Groundwater Study & Facilities Act to expand the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program (BARWRP) in California, USA, failed to gain a necessary two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives on 30 September 2009.

A motion to reconsider the bill was agreed without objection.

The BARWRP is a partnership among 17 local San Francisco Bay Area water and wastewater agencies, the California Department of Water Resources and the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Federal participation in the BARWRP was first authorized in 1992.

The new Act seeks to authorise the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design and construction of the:

  • Central Contra Costa Sanitary District – Concord Recycled Water Project;
  • Central Dublin Recycled Water Distribution & Retrofit Project;
  • Petaluma Recycled Water Project, Phases 2A, 2B, and 3;
  • Central Redwood City Recycled Water Project;
  • Palo Alto Recycled Water Pipeline Project; and
  • Ironhouse Sanitary District – Antioch Recycled Water Project.