Congressman Miller Celebrates Antioch Water Recycling Program

Rep. George Miller

Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) is celebrating a success story in water recycling at the Antioch Water Recycling Program run by the Delta Diablo Sanitation District. T
The program is part of a Bay Area-wide plan to add more than 100,000 acre-feet of sustainable and reliable drought-year water supply for the region.
“We’re celebrating a success story in water recycling – for the Bay Delta region and for all Californians,” Miller said. “This was a collaborative effort that included work here in California and the approval of Congress – but none of it would have been possible without the hard work and comprehensive vision of the teams at the City of Antioch and Delta Diablo. Because of their work, the Bay Area Water Recycling Coalition has become a leader in water recycling projects.”
“These water recycling projects are an important piece of the water puzzle and solution for our region and for California,” Miller said. “But we can’t rest on our laurels. We are not going to make the Delta a national sacrifice area. We must re-commit to expanding water recycling opportunities around the Bay Area and across the state.”
Miller is the former Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over water recycling, and is a proponent of water recycling as a means of drought-proofing California.
Miller has also spearheaded multiple efforts in Congress, including the recently approved Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009, to authorize local water and wastewater agencies to work jointly with the federal government to construct pipelines, treatment facilities, and other infrastructure to develop and expand the use of recycled water in the Bay Area.
Water recycling allows local water managers to treat wastewater and use the clean, recycled water for irrigation at places like city parks. Reusing this treated water helps preserve river and groundwater supplies in the Bay Area.