Working with two engineering firms, GSI helped the City of Santa Barbara evaluate the feasibility of indirect potable reuse of recycled water through groundwater recharge and recovery as a means of increasing groundwater supply capacity and reliability for the City. The City’s goal was to determine whether indirect potable reuse could replace its desalination supply and eliminate the use of an ocean intake. GSI provided technical evaluations of the recharge alternatives by working with the U.S. Geological Survey to complete groundwater modeling of surface infiltration of tertiary and advanced treated wastewater, injection of advanced treated wastewater, and recovery of the water. Our evaluation of the modeling results indicated that indirect potable reuse via surface recharge was not feasible at the target rates and that injection wells, coupled with dedicated recovery wells, are capable of storing the required volume of water with acceptable retention times to the nearest wells.
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A block diagram demonstrating the indirect potable reuse of recycled water via injection and recovery wells