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Treatment plant water being tested for Lodi’s use

Woodbridge Irrigation may be sending water to Lodi by end of year

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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:44 am, Fri Oct 12, 2012.

If current tests go well, the city of Lodi could be sending water from the new water treatment plant to household taps as soon as November.

The Woodbridge Irrigation District informed its board of directors that the city will use 1,000 acre-feet of water between now and late February to simultaneously run tests on pipes, filters and systems, and start up plant operations.

This is the first time WID has provided water to the city of Lodi, secretary Andy Christensen said at the board of directors meeting on Thursday. The water will be pulled at a low flow rate of 5 cubic feet per second.

Public Works Director Wally Sandelin said the plant has already completed a 96-hour continuous test to check that pipelines were managing water correctly and that filters and systems are functional. The next test is of the water storage tank. Once it passes, the barrage of tests continues.

But when will the city get the green light to put the plant to use?

Sandelin said that's up to the agents from the California Department of Public Health, who have to sign off that the equipment is operating reliably.

That could be as soon as late November or early December.

WID is the permanent source of water for the treatment plant. The city struck a deal with the district in 2003 for 6,000 acre-feet a year. That money helped the district construct their updated dam and fish ladder operations.

"It's been a nice partnership," said Sandelin.

The city will hold a formal dedication for the water treatment plant at 8 a.m. Nov. 1.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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