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).

At this time, the JLAs are requesting comments on the project to identify issues and resource sensitivities. Written comments can be submitted during the open comment period starting January 17, 2022 and ending on February 15, 2022.

Written comments must be received by February 15, 2022. Public Meeting information is posted below and will be held on February 8, 2022.

To view current questions and answers and learn more about the project, please use the tab to view below.

Project Documents

Public Scoping Meeting

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

  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.

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 has previously been used, treated, and unfiltered for non-potable/culinary purposes. It enables water conservation for properties that are equipped to use a secondary watering system for outdoor residential landscaping and gardening use.

Secondary water allows users to conserve potable/culinary water, which is more expensive and valuable for human consumption, rather than using it for outdoor watering and recreational purposes.

7. 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:



JBWRF Secondary Water

c/o Jamie Tsandes

Bowen Collins & Associates

Address: 154 E. 14075 S.

Draper, UT 84020

Public Meeting Information:

When: February 8, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Bowen Collins & Associates

154 East 14075 South

Draper, Utah 84020

OR: Zoom

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