(Sutter Creek) AWA Engineering Manager Darrel Evensen surveys progress on construction of a “backwash” recycling plant at the Tanner Water Treatment Plant at AWA headquarters on Ridge Road, Sutter Creek. When complete the recycling plant will conserve up to 67 million gallons of water per year by recycling water used to rinse filters used in drinking water treatment -- water that historically was wasted.
The two tanks shown will be used to settle out silt and debris removed from the treatment plant filters and return most of the recycled water back into the water treatment system. Evensen expects the new facility to be operating by January, 2019. MDS Engineering & Construction of Redding is the contractor on the project.
The Tanner Water Treatment Plant provides drinking water to Martell and the cities of Amador City, Sutter Creek, Jackson and Plymouth. This is the third AWA project for recycling backwash water since 2016. The others were added to AWA’s Ione and Buckhorn Water Treatment Plants. The three plants combined will save 99 million gallons per year.
This $4 million water conservation project is fully funded by a state grant that does not need to be paid back.