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Ribbon Cutting Held for Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility

June 3, 2011

An official ribbon cutting for the award-winning Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility, located in Santa Paula, Calif., was held on June 2, 2011. The City of Santa Paula contracted with Santa Paula Water (an alliance of PERC Water Corporation and Alinda Capital Partners) in May 2008 to design, build, operate and finance a new facility to replace the city's 70-year-old wastewater treatment facility that faced severe compliance fines.

Layton Construction Co., Inc. was the lead construction firm for the project. Ground was broken on the facility in July 2008 and completed in May 2010, seven months ahead of schedule. Layton made an effort to use "as much local labor and subcontractors as possible," according to Jeff Beecher, an executive vice president with Layton. Roughly 85 percent of the labor force for the project came from the local area.

The facility was designed to complement the surrounding area and utilizes a footprint of less than two acres, which includes a 12,000-square-foot treatment facility and conceals a nearly 5.2 million gallon underground tank. The plant includes administration buildings, including a control building with office space, lockers and restrooms, conference rooms, a receiving area and a headworks building that contains above-ground equipment as well as an odor control system.

According to Dr. Shane Trussell, the project's process design advisor and a leading expert in membrane bioreactors, the facility is considered one of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective facilities of its kind in the world. The City of Santa Paula saved more than $10,000 a month on average in the first seven months of operation because of the facility's energy saving technology. Recycled water produced by the facility exceeds California's state requirements by an average of 60 percent.

The Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility has received several national and international awards, including the 2011 Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region's Best Project - Water Award, the Environmental Business Journal 2010 Business Achievement Award - Project Merit, the Global Water Awards' 2009 "Water Deal of the Year" Award of Distinction, and the Environmental Business Journal 2009 Business Achievement Award - Sustainability & Resource Protection.

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