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Congressman Mike Thompson is pushing legislation to provide $1.1 million to the town of Yountville to increase the production of recycled water for vineyard irrigation.

The legislation, HR 3910, would expand the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Coalition, allowing local water agencies to partner with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to build water recycling facility pipelines and associated infrastructure.

“Expanding Yountville’s water recycling system will lessen demand for imported water and reduce wastewater flows to the Napa River, all while supporting up to 130 regional jobs,” said Thompson. “This project helps our environment, it helps our communities, and it helps our local economy. These are the smart investments we need to keep making as our economy continues to recover.”

Yountville Mayor John Dunbar applauded the legislation, noting that the town’s wastewater system has 800 customers.

The Yountville recycled water project would expand the existing recycled water system that supplies irrigation water to vineyards. The project would lessen the dependence on imported Sacramento River Delta water, local surface water and groundwater basins.

The project would also help reduce wastewater discharged into the Napa River which can negatively impact the habitat of local endangered species.

Once completed, the Yountville water recycling system will yield an estimated 115 acre-feet of recycled water for vineyards.

HR 3910, the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2011, was introduced on Feb. 6 and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

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