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    Pasadena's 2011 Water Integrated Resources Plan established a long term strategy to meet current and future water needs. This plan calls for developing alternative sources of water, for landscape irrigation, cooling and other non-potable uses to meet Pasadena’s annual water demands.

    Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) plans to enhance the water supply reliability by providing non-potable water to the customers for landscape irrigation and industrial uses in the future. Click here for fact sheet.    

    **** IMPORTANT NOTICE - Final Environmental Impact Report Now Available ****

    At build-out, this project can provide up to 10% of the city’s current water supply, and instead of using precious drinking water, recycled water would be used for large irrigation needs and industrial purposes.

    Environmental Impact Report

    The Public Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR ) for the Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project is now available for public review on this webpage (see links below), and on the city's Department of Planning and Community Development website.

    Final Environmental Impact Report 

    Public Draft EIR - Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project, June 2015 

    Public Draft Appendices - Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project, June 2015 

    To view the notice extending Public Review Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report Notice of Availability CLICK HERE 

    To view the project flyer about the Public Review Period extension CLICK HERE 

    The EIR is also available in print at the following locations during normal business hours between December 24, 2015 to February 22, 2015:  

    Pasadena Water and Power
    150 S. Los Robles Avenue, Suite 200 

    Pasadena Central Library 
    285 East Walnut Street

    La Pintoresca Library
    1355 N. Raymond Avenue
    Pasadena, CA. 91103

    Linda Vista Library 
    1281 Bryant Street 

    Public Hearing

    City of Pasadena City Council will consider certification of the final EIR and approval of the project as described in the EIR at a public hearing held as follows:

    Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7pm
    Pasadena City Hall - Council Chambers
    100 North Garfield Ave. Room S249
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    What is the Non-Potable Water Project? 

    The Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project is formerly known as the Recycled Water Project. The City of Pasadena has an agreement in place with the City of Glendale to provide up to 6,000 acre-feet of non-potable water annually to Pasadena from the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation plant.  This water is tertiary treated through a three-step process imitating nature’s own cleaning processes.  The Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation plant processes 20 million gallons of non-potable water each day!  The non-potable water produced is shared between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the City of Glendale as cooling water by the Glendale Steam Power Plant and for irrigation at Griffith Park, in freeway landscaping, local cemeteries, at nearby golf courses and parks.

    PWP is developing plans to construct a new distribution system to deliver non-potable water from the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant (LAG) to the City of Pasadena. Phase 1 of the proposed Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project includes connections to four customers with large irrigation demands: Art Center College of Design, Brookside Golf Course, Rose Bowl Stadium, and Brookside Park. Phase 2 will include the City’s Glenarm Power Plant which will use the water for cooling and processes in place of potable water, saving millions of gallons of water annually.  

    The proposed Project could provide as a minimum 3,060 AF of non-potable water annually for citywide non-potable water use, meeting 9 percent of the City’s total water demand. One acre-foot of water is approximately 326,000 gallons. 

    Project Timeline and Studies   

    The following is the expected schedule for Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project, formerly known as the Recycled Water Project:





    2016 - 2018 - CONSTRUCTION OF PHASE 1

    What is Recycled Water?

    Recycled water is wastewater that has been cleaned to remove impurities. Colorless and odorless, the recycled water from LAG is tertiary treated and disinfected by a three-stage treatment and is allowable for all human contact except consumption. Recycled water is typically used for non-potable (not for drinking) purposes such as landscape irrigation, recreational lakes, decorative fountains, in industrial processes, commercial car washes, concrete mixing, construction dust control, soil compaction, street and sidewalk cleaning, flushing sanitary sewers, cooling towers and air conditioning.   

    Benefits of Recycled Water

    As our community grows, the demand for potable water increases as Pasadena’s dependency on imported water. Recycled water provides a dependable, locally-controlled water supply for non-potable uses, such as landscape irrigation, cooling, and dust control. Using recycled water is making use of a valuable resource that would otherwise be wasted and has many environmental benefits such as: 

    • Conserving fresh water for drinking
    • Ability to maintain green landscape - even during droughts
    • Reducing pollution by decreasing the amount of waste water discharge to the environment
    • Decreasing diversion of freshwater from sensitive ecosystems 
    • Saving energy by pumping less water from the Colorado River and northern California
    • Reducing greenhouse gasses emissions

    Other Organizations using Recycled Water

    Like Pasadena, many other organizations see the benefit of using precious water resources more than once.  Below you will find a list of a few of the local organizations providing recycled water: 

    Burbank Water and Power
    City of Glendale
    City of San Diego
    Irvine Ranch Water District
    Long Beach Water Department
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    Orange County Water District  

    Golf Courses

    Here's a list of golf courses that use recycled water from the Los Angeles-Glendale Reclamation Plant:

    Harding Golf Course
    Lakeside Golf Club
    Oakmont Country Club
    Scholl Canyon Golf Club 

    Recycled Water Standards and Uses 

    The recycled water that is available to the City of Pasadena is categorized as “Disinfected Tertiary Recycled Water.”  This water has undergone treatment for a wide range of contaminates and is filtered and disinfected prior to the water being distributed.

    The City of Pasadena plans to use recycled water for landscape irrigation of schools, parks, golf courses, freeway medians, hospitals, stadiums, cemeteries, and libraries. Recycled water will also be used for industrials cooling by the largest water customers such as Art Center College of Design, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Glenarm Power Plant, Caltech, Pasadena City College, and JPL.

    The State of California encourages the use of high-quality recycled water.  More information about recycled water use rules and regulations can be found at:

    State Water Resources Control Board  

  • Comments? Contact Information For The Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project Below 

    Your feedback is important to us. If you have general questions or need additional information about the project, please fill out the comment box below.  If you wish to provide formal comments on the Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project Draft EIR, your comments will be accepted if sent in the comment box below and one of the following three ways:

    1.)  By mail addressed to Roumiana Voutchkova at PWP, 150 S Los Robles Ave, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91101 (must be postmarked by September 14, 2015)

    2.)  By e-mail to rvoutchkova@cityofpasadena.net (must be received by September 14, 2015)

    3.)  In person during the community meeting on August 13, 2015. For details on the community meeting see the "Environmental Impact Report" section of this page

    Please include with the comments your name, address and phone number for the record.

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    Roumiana Voutchkova
    (626) 744-4486

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