The Hound's Bark
Healdsburg High School
Sep 29, 2021
The Healdsburg's Recycled Water Program started at the end of June hauling and delivering about 500 gallons of recycled water per week to residents.
The City of Healdsburg's Recycled Water Program started at the end of June hauling and delivering about 500 gallons of recycled water per week to residents. Healdsburg anticipated about only 200 sign-ups for the free service, but now have reached over 1000 participants. This was a lot more than expected and costs even more to haul around.
The water program was just a little patch to control the big drought problem that Healdsburg has. They hoped this program would stop people from using so much water when watering their lawn, plants, and trees. However, as the rainy season is slowly coming again, the city plans to stop their Recycled water program and shoots for it to end on November 5th. In an article published by SoCo News, they stated that the “program costs to date for the city total roughly $365,000,” and this is a big expense for such a small town.
If rain doesn’t come before or after November 5th, the city will push the program all the way until November 19th. What worries Kris Loomis, according to the SoCo News article, is the “fear that if the program ends soon, residents will flip the irrigation switch back on, which will not be a positive conclusion to this program.” This is an important point to note as people are more alert and tend to overreact when something bad happens. Hopefully as the weather cools, nature will work it out on its own.