Resource Recovery

You might think wastewater is only filled with pollutants and contaminants, but there are also valuable elements we can turn into new resources. At Monterey One Water, we are committed to utilizing the most innovative and cost-effective technologies out there to provide valuable resources for our community.

Water Projects

Used water is given new life through our water projects—the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project and the Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project. 

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Power Generation 


Methane gas, created using byproducts from the wastewater treatment process, is used to generate electricity for onsite use and to sell back to the power grid.

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Solar Energy 

In 2010, Monterey One Water in coordination with Monterey County Water Resources Agency, authorized a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 1.12 megawatt think-film solar installation designed to generate approximately two thirds of the electricity needed for the SVRP Plant.

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Wastewater from homes and businesses typically comes to our regional treatment plant. At the plant, aquatic bacteria and gravity are used to remove solid particles from the water. These small particles contain both organic matter and mineral material such as silt and clay. Once separated from the wastewater, these particles are treated and then tested. If they meet certain standards, they are called "biosolids," meaning they can be recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.

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