Molalla recycled water use plan will be under discussion at DEQ public hearing

The Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, July 10, at the Molalla Adult Center to discuss and gather comments for the city's recycled water use plan. It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. entirely by the DEQ.

In recent months, the city's Public Works Department released an Amended Recycled Water Reuse Plan.

"We've been taking river samples of the recycled water and when we put it back into the river it's almost the same quality as drinking water," Gerald Fisher, public works director said.

The recycled water use plan discharges treated effluent onto Coleman Ranch to feed cattle, he added. Other treated effluent is sent to Adam's Cemetery for irrigation water to keep the grass green, said Fisher. The only uses for Class C recycled water are for irrigation of grass and pasture lands.

The city plans to implement the changes for this year during the 2018 irrigation season and is working to get approval from the Oregon DEQ, according to a press release from the city.

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