Scoping Meeting for the Westside Recycled Water Project

Ocean Beach-area residents have an opportunity Thursday to tell the city what factors should be considered in the environmental study of a proposed recycled-water plant in Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is holding a meeting Thursday evening to gather public input on the Westside Recycled Water Project, which would provide treated wastewater to irrigate Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park and its golf course, and the Presidio golf course. Treated water also would go to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

An image of the proposed location of the pipeline that would run under the Great Highway

“This project … is part of the city’s efforts to develop sustainable local water supplies,” said Suzanne Gautier of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The meeting provides a chance “to comment on the extent of the study,” Gautier said. The SFPUC also will take written comments through the first two weeks of October.

The water coming into the plant would come from the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant near the San Francisco Zoo. Partially treated wastewater would be piped under the Great Highway from the Oceanside plant to the new plant. The Westside plant would then treat it further, though not enough
that it could be used for drinking. This water would replace irrigation water currently drawn primarily from an underground aquifer under western San Francisco.

The recycled-water project already has drawn opposition from the Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance, a group dedicated to protecting and preserving the park. “We are very concerned about this being located in Golden Gate Park, and we would like to see the PUC find another location,” said Kathy Howard of the GGPPA. “A factory is not an appropriate facility for parkland.”

Thursday’s meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center, 6101 Fulton St. at 37th Avenue.

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