Fresno’s new water treatment facility complete and running

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The cornerstone of Fresno’s largest-ever infrastructure project is complete.

The Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility and its major water pipelines are part of the city’s Recharge Fresno program — a plan to provide greater capacity and sustainability.

The new facility treats surface water piped from the Kings River. Previously, wells throughout the city provided the a large share of the water delivered to Fresno homes and businesses.

Public Utilities Director Michael Carbajal says sustainability is a concern, “We’ve seen groundwater levels decline over a hundred feet beneath the city. We’ve known that for some time. We finally hit the point where we cannot maintain the status quo. We had to take action.”

At a ceremony marking the completion of the facility Monday, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand said, “Fresno has a secure, drought-proof water supply.”

Drought resilience is achieved because utilizing surface water alleviates demand on groundwater wells, saving groundwater for times like drought when surface water is scarce.

The facility has a capacity of 80 million gallons per day and is already producing more than half that amount.

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