A proposal to allow the use of recycled water in Pasadena, California, could possibly be decided in the very near future. The State Water Resources Control Board is currently holding meetings to discuss whether to grant the city 700-acre-feet of treated wastewater, annually.
If accepted, the measure will provide enough water to satisfy an estimated nine percent of Pasadena’s irrigation needs, including the Rose Bowl, golf courses, college grounds, etc. A future phase of the plan also involves the possibility of extending recycled water use throughout more of the city.
The filtered water is currently being held in a reservoir in Glendale, California, where, for years, it has helped replenish the Los Angeles River. Los Angeles city officials have had a longstanding battle with the city of Pasadena, due to the possible negative impact the water project could have on the Los Angeles River’s preservation and its habitats. “It’s all messed up,” said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek. “The city of Los Angeles is trying to keep the water for themselves. In my opinion, it doesn’t look good for us.”
Meanwhile, Pasadena has continued to plan for what is being labeled the new infusion of purple-pipe water. “We are hopeful that the state will recognize the importance of securing this treated water source for the city of Pasadena,” Tornek said.