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Healdsburg gets $6 million from feds to build water pipelines

By CLARK MASON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Healdsburg is getting $6 million in grants and loans to help build a pipeline distribution system for a recycled water irrigation project.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, announced Thursday that the city was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture toward construction of the pipeline, along with another $5 million low-interest loan from the agency to help complete the project.

The pipeline will enable the city to begin the first phase of a stalled $14.5 million wastewater irrigation system Healdsburg has been planning for use in vineyards, parks and open space.

“Healdsburg is laying important groundwork for a sustainable and progressive water system that will benefit generations to come,” Thompson said in a statement.

“That is excellent news. We’ve been waiting for some time for that,” Mayor Tom Chambers said of the funding. “It’s certainly a project that’s been on our to-do list for some time.”

The funding will allow construction of the main distribution backbone infrastructure to supply and deliver recycled water from the city’s state-of-the-art sewer plant, Public Works Director Mike Kirn said.

It will water “turf areas within the city, irrigation of select agricultural areas south and west of Healdsburg, and a future connection to Santa Rosa’s Geysers pipeline for generation of geothermal electricity using recycled water,” he said.

The pipeline will enable the city to dispose of the recycled water for irrigation during the dry months of May through September.

The city currently discharges its highly treated reclaimed water into the Russian River, but is under a deadline to end the practice by October 2014.





6 Responses to “Healdsburg gets $6 million from feds to build water pipelines”

  1. Joe Public says:

    One thing’s for sure, Democrat Mike Thompson got himself some good endorsements for next election.

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  2. David Maxwell says:

    Correction, it’s not “federal funding”, it’s borrowed Chinese money.

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  3. Frank says:

    pearl, LMAO your good

    The city currently discharges its highly treated reclaimed water into the Russian River, but is under a deadline to end the practice by October 2014.

    then will have all these wonderful storys to read about how the salmon is makin a great come back after 2014, but scratch are head wondering what happen to all industry we once had

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  4. hansutro says:

    I wonder how many people stop and think that this is not free money? 6 Million here, 10 over there for that program, 25 over for a new sanctuary to study ants, pretty so YOUR tax money is gone and they need MORE OF YOUR TAX money.
    Why not stop the spending and let local progects figure out how to pay for them. Or on the other hand why worry about it, I’ll be dead in another 10 years and your kids and their kids will be slaves to the system. Thanks a lot, for voting, I really do like the Changes Mr. Obama has done, change all the good ole boys to a new batch!
    Can’t wait until he makes it for his 2nd term.

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  5. Pearl Alquileres says:

    Wow… what a deal!
    They not only make sure they have plenty of slave labor to work the vineyards but now they’re dumping millions of our tax dollars to make sure they have plenty of water to make wine.
    The “Golden Rule” is alive & well!

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  6. John Hudson says:

    This is another subsidy for developers. Unlike most infrastructure subsidies developers benefit from, this is paid for by the federal taxes instead of local sewer and water rates. This is, however, the only difference.

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