Officials from Del Puerto Water District, the City of Modesto and other entities involved in the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP) gathered for a ribbon cutting at the outflow on the Delta Mendota Canal Tuesday morning, marking the completion of the first phase of the project, which allows water from the City of Modesto’s wastewater treatment plant to flow into the Delta Mendota Canal.

Del Puerto Water Board District General Manager Anthea Hansen acknowledged the many who had been involved over the course of the decade or so it took to bring the project to fruition. Visibly moved, she then addressed the landowners in attendance, some of whose families have farmed in the area for several generations: “Your Board did this for you, for the land, for the community… for what it means to be able to keep our lands in production and to grow food.”

The project will provide a consistent supply of at least 30,600 acre feet of much-needed water per year to farmers on the West Side.

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