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Dispose of Medications Safely for Cleaner Water and Sewer Systems

Sacramento, did you know the city has kiosks set up for you to dispose of your unwanted medications?  In an ongoing effort to keep rivers, streams and sewer systems free from hazardous materials, Sacramento has recently initiated a program to assist residents of the city in their proper disposal of medications. There are several pharmaceutical kiosk locations set up conveniently throughout the city to retrieve medications that could potentially harm the waterways. Additionally, recent studies have shown that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. Also, when flushed down the drain, some

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California Cities Setup Cultivated Use of Water

Many cities throughout California are conscientious of recycling and have been for the long term. But recycling water has now become a magnified topic as the drought persists. Recently researchers at UCLA have addressed the topic of recycled water being collected from sewer systems and then purified. At first glance, it may sound appealing. However it is a resourceful-even novel- idea as this form of water can be used to irrigate places like parks, lawns and golf courses. The subsequent health benefits of this process are not only being observed but commended. A study has analyzed the varying methods that

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Sacramento’s Discerning Measures to Reduce Water Waste

As water costs rise and municipalities mandate usage, the multifamily industry is undergoing a natural transformation to become more efficient through new technology, improved operations and better maintenance techniques. Communities across Sacramento are seeking unconventional ways to become more cost savvy as resources become more expensive and limited. The drought has ensued a substantial amount of requirements and proactive recommendations for water use. The Natomas Park community in Sacramento has been conscientious regarding conversation by replacing 13,000 square feet of grassy turf, upgrading 200 sprinklers and nozzles, and installing solar-sync weather stations tied to the sprinklers.  Some of California’s municipalities are even

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Sacramento Assesses Sewer Efficiency and Fees

The city of Sacramento has been conducting financial assessments for several major sewer renovations, which will include a new water meter program.  Homeowners will experience rate changes, with the first taking effect this summer.  In addition to a bill increase, there will be an assistance program in place to help qualifying residents with their payments. The Utility Rate Assistance Program expansion is a plan to help income-eligible Sacramento households save approximately $360 a year on their utility costs.  Rehabilitation projects have fostered the startup of this customer support initiative. The agenda includes the Accelerated Water Meter Program, to be completed

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El Dorado Hills, Flumes and Canals

The El Dorado South Fork American River consists of 22 miles of canals, flumes, and tunnels ending in the El Dorado Forebay reservoir.  From there, up to 15,080 acre-feet of water is sent to a water treatment plant and the remainder is sent to the El Dorado Powerhouse to generate state-certified green electricity and then returned to the river. Flumes are a vital component of this complex water conveyance system.  The canal and its flumes run through steep and often hard-to reach terrain in areas prone to landslide and fire, as well as tree and rock fall. The canals and

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River-Friendly Landscaping Helps Conserve

River-Friendly Landscaping Helps Conserve

Sacramento County recently celebrated the grand opening of the new River-Friendly Inspiration Garden. Originally a water conservation demonstration garden, it has been renovated to showcase River-Friendly Landscaping practices.  The garden is located in the Laguna Creek Watershed next to the Sacramento County Water Agency’s Water Treatment Plant on Waterman Road between Rendham Way and Westray Drive, about 0.4 mile north of Calvine.  The garden is open 7am–7pm daily. The Garden showcases River-Friendly Landscaping practices that conserve water, reduce yard waste, prevent pollution of the air and local rivers. Additionally, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It features beautiful water-efficient plants and

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Sacramento’s Clean Water Project

Construction of the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade, also known as, the EchoWater Project, is expected to cost a total of $2 billion and will take place over eight years. Once completed, the wastewater discharges from the treatment plant will meet new state water quality requirements to reduce discharges of ammonia, nitrates and other pollutants. The existing wastewater plant, which serves about 1.4 million people and currently provides secondary treatment, is one of the largest sources of ammonia and nitrate pollution to the San Francisco Bay Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary. The record $1.6 billion in low interest loans for the

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