JBWRF Secondary Recycled Water EA


The Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, as Joint Lead Agencies (JLAs), are considering a project that would utilize treated water from the Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility (JBWRF) in Draper Irrigation and Bluffdale City’s respective secondary irrigation systems. The project is located in Salt Lake County, Utah.

An evaluation of the potential project alternatives and associated environmental impacts is required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Council of Environmental Quality’s regulations and will be documented in the form of the JBWRF Secondary Recycled Water Project Environmental Assessment (EA).

The JLAs completed a public scoping meeting on February 8, 2022, the public scoping open comment period was between January 17, 2022 and February 15, 2022. Minutes from the public scoping meeting can be found at the link below. A draft environmental assessment will be available for review in the summer 2022. More information will be posted to this website once a draft is made available for public review and comment.

Scoping Meeting Minutes

To view current questions and answers for this project, please use the tab to view below.

Project Documents

Project Map

February 8, 2022

Public Meeting

February 8, 2022

Spring 2022

Field Reconnaissance

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Draft Environmental Document

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Final Decision Document

Fall 2022

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For more information please contact –

Jamie Tsandes, Environmental Manager
Bowen Collins & Associates
801-495-2224
info@jbwrf-secondary.com

  1. Why are you notifying me about this project?

Recycled water is an important part of the Central Utah Project Completion Act legislation (CUPCA). To learn more about CUPCA please visit www.doi.gov/cupcao

Since this CUPCA project is considered a federal action, the preparation of an environmental document under a process called the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is required. The first step in the process is to initiate public involvement regarding the action. This is called scoping. Scoping, although not required for an environmental assessment, is useful in identifying concerns, potential impacts, and identifying possible alternatives for the project. Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) and the Department of the Interior – Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, have opted to provide a public involvement process for the public and agencies to learn more about the project, provide comments, and answer questions to help identify issues.

You have been notified because you are either a customer of WaterPro, a Bluffdale City water user, live within 300 feet of the proposed project, or have been identified as an important stakeholder for the project.

2. Where does the water originate for this project?

The water recycling requirement from CUPCA states that the water supply comes from the Bonneville Unit water supply (i.e., Bonneville Basin and Colorado River Basin via Strawberry Reservoir). Through contracts with CUWCD, this water is made available to Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD), who treats the water for potable/culinary purposes. Once treated, the water is then sold to Draper Irrigation/WaterPro and Bluffdale City.

Additionally, Draper Irrigation/WaterPro owns shallow groundwater rights. This water does meet drinking water standards but is suitable for irrigation use. This shallow groundwater will be diverted and used within the system for secondary water/irrigation.

3. Why is recycling of this water important?

In addition to the CUPCA water conservation and recycled water provisions, in 2004, the DOI and CUWCD issued an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Record of Decision that included a commitment to recycle 18,000 acre-ft of water of Bonneville Unit water in Salt Lake County. The approval of this project will assist DOI and CUWCD to accomplish a portion of their recycled water commitment. 

4. How will this water be recycled?

After Draper Irrigation/WaterPro and Bluffdale City potable/culinary water has been used the wastewater is treated at the Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility. Once treated, the water is discharged to the Jordan River. This project will take the treated water, which is owned via water rights by Draper Irrigation/Water Pro and Bluffdale City and place it back into their system by means of a new water transmission line and pump station identified in the figure below. This water will be available to Draper Irrigation/Water Pro and Bluffdale City water users for secondary water use.

5. How much water will be recycled?

The combined current estimated volume between Draper Irrigation/WaterPro and Bluffdale City is 3,315-acre feet (1,080 million gallons, or average flow of 5.05 million gallons of water per day). Future expansion of the Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility will allow for a combined volume of 5,766-acre feet (1,879 million gallons, or average flow of 8.78 million gallons of water per day). These volumes are used between April 1st – October 31st (during the irrigation season). During non-irrigation season the water will continue to flow to the Jordan River.

6. What is the benefit of secondary water?

Secondary water is water that is untreated and unfiltered and designated for non-potable and non-culinary purposes, such as outdoor irrigation.

Recycled water is highly treated wastewater that has been filtered to remove solids and other impurities as well as disinfected by a water or wastewater treatment plant. It comes from various sources such as domestic sewage, industrial wastewater, and stormwater runoff.

Use of secondary water and recycled water for landscape irrigation and other non-potable uses allows water systems to preserve more expensive, higher quality waters for potable/culinary water uses.

7. How will I be impacted if I live near the pipeline corridor?

Construction will typically occur between Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. One lane will remain open to allow for residents and public access. Driveway access may be shut down periodically during the day, however, access will be provided outside of working hours. Notices will be provided by the contractor for the specific construction impacts as they relate to residents, road, and driveway access. It is estimated that the pipeline portion of this project will take 12-18 months to complete from start to finish. The contractor will be required to follow all applicable OSHA and industry standard safety measures to protect the public and their workers during construction.

8. How do I provide a comment?

In order for your comment to be considered part of the public record, you must submit a written comment either by mail or email to:

info@jbwrf-secondary.com

or

JBWRF Secondary Water

c/o Jamie Tsandes

Bowen Collins & Associates

Address: 154 E. 14075 S.

Draper, UT 84020