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MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA Top Water Official Tours Local Water Facilities Focusing on Sustainability
Release Date: 02/25/2016
Contact Information: Michele Huitric, Huitric.firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-972-3165
Oro Loma project treats wastewater, provides habitat, and protects from sea level rise
SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday, February 26th, U.S. EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Joel Beauvais will end his California tour of several sustainable water facilities at the Oro Loma wastewater treatment and purification plant in San Lorenzo. His visit will focus on their innovative “horizontal levee” ecotone project, which is transforming a 10-acre weedy field to provide wastewater treatment, wet weather storage, shoreline habitat, and infrastructure protection from rising sea level. The levee is also an outdoor laboratory used to research climate change adaptation methods to protect infrastructure around San Francisco Bay.
Prior to visiting Oro Loma, the Deputy Assistant Administrator will tour the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Silicon Valley Water Purification Center. The center is the largest of its kind in Northern California and capable of producing 8 million gallons of highly purified water a day from San Jose’s wastewater treatment plant. Using microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light, the purified water exceeds California’s drinking water standards providing a variety of water reuse opportunities.
WHO: Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Water
WHAT: Tour Oro Loma Experimental Horizontal Levee Project.
WHEN: Friday, February 26, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Oro Loma Sanitation District
- 2655 Grant Ave.
San Lorenzo, CA 94580-1838
- This project is a cooperative effort of the Oro Loma and Castro Valley Sanitation Districts and the East Bay Dischargers Authority. The Oro Loma wastewater treatment plant is also reducing climate change emissions by powering their facilities using methane gas generated from the wastewater treatment process and on-site solar power.
VISUALS: Following a short presentation about the facility and project, the group will tour the horizontal levee.
RSVP: Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, or for more information, please e-mail Michele Huitric, Huitric.email@example.com.
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