Leadership Action of SSJID
The South San Joaquin Irrigation District was originally formed to support the irrigation needs of the San Joaquin Valley area. For the majority of the 20th century that was mainly agricultural needs. Just after the turn of the century a significant urban population growth replaced agricultural land. SSJID adapted and expanded to support domestic needs as well.
As the concentration of residents in the San Joaquin county continues to increase, so to does the amount of water pumped from surface waters and groundwater. Due to this, Utilities usage as well as prices are projected to increase over the coming years.
The Solar Fields
Manteca’s local water provider (SSJID) recognizes the issue is constantly working at minimizing its impact and production costs, while simultaneously providing clean water.
One of SSJID’s most recent action was the completion of a 1.4 megwatt solar farm in 2009. The 7 acre farm hosts 6,720 photovoltaic panels. This solar panel farm is responsible for generating nearly all of the power the SSJID needs for their water treatment plants.
Using renewable energy to power their water treatment plants allows the provider to save on production cost and allocate power for other purposes. The SSJID’s action passes on a 15 percent saving on power costs give a little more financial relief to those of “struggling California.”
SSJID is responsible for hosting many workshops and forums that provide much information about reducing and reusing locals water resource use.
Below is a link to an SSJID video promoting savings. listed on the video is a link to their website.
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