Ironhouse Sanitary District celebrated its 70th anniversary this month with an open house featuring public tours of its water recycling facility.
A ceremony honoring those who established Ironhouse Sanitary District featured keynote speaker Steven Moore, a member of California’s Water Resources Control Board and our very own CWEA Vice President, Debi Lewis.
Also in attendance was U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Livermore) and Oakley Mayor Doug Hardcastle.
Ironhouse Sanitary District was created by the county Board of Supervisors in 1945 to serve Oakley and then expanded the reach in the 1970s to treat the effluent of residents on Bethel Island and Hotchkiss Tract. Check out the infographic below to see the timeline of when it started to where it is today.
Just over half the water the district processes goes to irrigate the hay it grows on Jersey Island to feed its 2,000-plus head of cattle. The district recently opened a fill station for customers who want free recycled water to irrigate their yards. ISD is also giving away around 70,000 to 75,000 gallons per day, and has distributed nearly 1 million gallons since it began offering the resource.