Orange County Water District Groundwater Replenishment System web site offers information in Spanish

Information about the innovative Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) System is now offered in Spanish on its Web site at

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 14, 2003 -- Information about the innovative Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) System is now offered in Spanish on its Web site at

"We recognize that Spanish is the primary language for a significant number of Orange County residents," said Ron Wildermuth, public information officer for the Orange County Water District. "The goal of our community outreach for the GWR System is to communicate the need and benefits of this project with all residents within the Orange County Water District's service area."

The Web site provides a wealth of information about the project:

* Water purification technology
* Safety
* Cost
* Timeline for construction
* Frequently asked questions and answers
* Project supporters

Once completed, the GWR System will take highly treated sewer water that is currently released into the ocean, and purify it through microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide advanced oxidation treatment, producing water similar in quality to bottled water.

The purified water will become part of a seawater barrier and be pumped through a 13-mile pipeline to percolation ponds in Anaheim where it will seep into deep aquifers and blend with Orange County's other sources of groundwater, following the same natural filtering path rainwater takes through the ground.

More information on the Groundwater Replenishment System is available at

Orange County Water District is a special district that was created by the California State Legislature in 1933 to maintain and manage the groundwater basin under northern and central Orange County. OCWD's groundwater basin supplies 75% of the water needs in Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.

Orange County Sanitation District is the third largest wastewater treatment system west of the Mississippi River, serving 2.2 million residents in northern and central Orange County.

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