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Long Beach Recycled Water System Expansion

The Long Beach Water Department remains committed to developing alternative sources of water to supplement precious imported potable water to meet the annual water demands our customers, particularly those using potable water primarily for industrial and irrigation operations.

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Phase 1

This phase of the expansion project also allows THUMS, a collection of oil companies operating offshore drilling platforms in Long Beach Harbor, to use 1,100 acre-feet of recycled water to re-pressurize oil-bearing strata, saving an equal amount of imported potable water in the process.

Another critical part of Phase 1 is the Leo Vander Lans Treatment Facility that allows the utilization of 3,000 acre-feet of highly treated recycled water, in part, for groundwater recharge to protect against seawater intrusion.

Phase 2

This phase of the project will see, among other events, the connection of two large power generation facilities, in the southeast part of the City, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and AES Southland Company.  These connections will enable these facilities to use recycled water for industrial operations, saving nearly 570 acre-feet of potable water annually.

Phases 3 and 4

These phases will see the city's recycled water system expanded to the west connecting to large industrial users in the Port of Long Beach.

Recycled Water

Long Beach Recycled Water System Expansion

The Long Beach Water Department remains committed to developing alternative sources of water to supplement precious imported potable water to meet the annual water demands our customers, particularly those using potable water primarily for industrial and irrigation operations.

More Information

Phase 1

This phase of the expansion project also allows THUMS, a collection of oil companies operating offshore drilling platforms in Long Beach Harbor, to use 1,100 acre-feet of recycled water to re-pressurize oil-bearing strata, saving an equal amount of imported potable water in the process.

Another critical part of Phase 1 is the Leo Vander Lans Treatment Facility that allows the utilization of 3,000 acre-feet of highly treated recycled water, in part, for groundwater recharge to protect against seawater intrusion.

Phase 2

This phase of the project will see, among other events, the connection of two large power generation facilities, in the southeast part of the City, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and AES Southland Company.  These connections will enable these facilities to use recycled water for industrial operations, saving nearly 570 acre-feet of potable water annually.

Phases 3 and 4

These phases will see the city's recycled water system expanded to the west connecting to large industrial users in the Port of Long Beach.

Sanitary Sewers

In February 1988, the Department assumed the responsibility of the various functions of the City's sanitary sewer system, including operations and maintenance.

In April, 1990, the citizens of Long Beach passed a City Charter amendment that allowed greater autonomy for the Department in administering the City's sanitary sewer operations.

Board of Water Commissioners Adopts FY2008 Budget

LONG BEACH, CA – Today, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners passed a resolution adopting the Annual Budget for the Long Beach Water Department for FY2008. The combined FY2008 budget for both water and sewer is nearly $98 million.