FORT BAGG – On Tuesday, September 14, Fort Bragg city council declared a Stage 4 water crisis at its regular Monday night meeting. A stage 4 water crisis targets a 30-40% decrease in seasonal water use depending on the most recent year in which water conservation measures were not not needed (2019).
Six months ago, the city of Fort Bragg ordered a reverse osmosis desalination system to help provide potable water during times of saltwater intrusion to its main water source on the Noyo River. . The chassis mounted unit has arrived and can produce 200 gallons of desalinated water per minute, or 288,000 gallons of water per day, but as the unit can only run 12 hours per day, the daily capacity will reach 144,000. gallons.
The unit was delivered last week and the City began testing with daily operation which is expected to be running at or near full capacity in the coming days. The City currently relies on three surface water sources for its customers, the Noyo River being the most important. Drought conditions have reduced water flows to such an extent that new and innovative measures are needed to overcome the reality of drought.
In a statement released last week, John Smith, Director of Public Works, said: “Due to the severe water shortages our customers face, the city’s water supply system uses technology and technology. innovation to help us get through this drought ”and that“ the support and technical advice from the National Water Office made it possible to go from idea to reality in a few months.
Funding for the project came from the State Water Resources Control Board which paid 100% of Fort Bragg’s grant request of $ 691,796, of which $ 325,000 was used to pay for the desalination unit. . The money will be used for a shallow groundwater treatment system near Redwood Elementary School that can produce 57,000 gallons per day.
Joe Kerkoski, deputy director of the Financial Aid Division of the State Water Board, said: “A drastic drought like the one in California is forcing us to be as responsive as possible to meet the needs of water supply systems. trying to do the right thing for their clients, “And Fort Bragg came to us with a creative solution and our team worked with them to meet the challenges and make them happen as quickly as possible. “
For more information on the current water crisis, visit the city’s website at city.fortbragg.com.