WATEREUSE PROJECT OF THE YEAR: WOODLAND CREEK GROUNDWATER RECHARGE FACILITY
LACEY, WA, September 28, 2015: The Woodland Creek Groundwater Recharge Facility located in Lacey’s Woodland Creek Community Park has received the 2015 WateReuse Project of the Year award by the international organization WateReuse, in the small project category.
The unique facility’s infiltration is seasonally dependent and is designed to recharge about 0.3 to 1.0 million gallons of reclaimed water per day. The project was constructed utilizing a series of underground chambers typically used for stormwater management. On-site monitoring wells and creek water levels are monitored continuously via an offsite computer system to ensure there is no local discharge to the nearby Woodland Creek.
The 4.6-acre project included construction of three underground galleries in the southwest corner of the 72-acre park. Once this entirely underground facility was completed, it was restored essentially to its prior state, which is a grassy recreational field heavily used by the community. With the addition of an informational kiosk and a paved trail, this project offers public education regarding the value of reclaimed water in managing limited area water and land resources.
This project has been a collaborative effort between multiple partners, including the cities of Lacey and Olympia, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, the Recreation and Conservation Office, contractor Schock Construction, and design consultants Pacific Groundwater Group, HDR, and Technical Systems Inc.
For more information about this project, please contact Teri O’Neal, Lacey Public Works Senior Utility Engineer, at (360) 491-5600 or TOneal@ci.lacey.wa.us.
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- Teri O’Neal, Senior Utility Engineer; (360) 491-5600; TOneal@ci.lacey.wa.us