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SYRACUSE, Utah -- Parks and golf courses could become even
greener, thanks to recycled grey water.
The North Davis Sewer District is studying whether treated water
can be recycled on land.
"You wouldn't be able to even smell a difference," manager Kevin
Cowan said, noting the water would be disinfected and treated with
The $50,000 study, which began four months ago, is being conducted
by M.W.H. Engineering of Salt Lake City.
Since the 1960s, the district has owned rights to every 15 cubic
feet of water per second treated at the plant, or 10 million gallons
a day. The state also has rights.
The study will look at the cost of using treated water compared to
"It's not likely to be cost competitive," Cowan said. "But as
water in the future becomes more valuable and scarce, the economics
involved would make it cost competitive."
A sod farm near the treatment plant is the most likely place to
try it, he said.
The study will identify what needs to occur for the water to be
designated for Type 1 uses, which would include golf courses and
parks where public access is allowed.
"Water is one of your bigger expenses," Schneiter's Bluff Golf
Course owner Jon Schneiter said.
The greatest expense likely will be pumping the water from the
treatment plant to users, he said.
"It's all going to come back on the cost of delivering it,"
If the water gets used at the golf course, Schneiter said he would
post signs telling people not to drink it.
More than 20 million gallons flow daily through the Syracuse
treatment plant in Davis County.
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