The NVRRWP is a collaborative partnership that includes the
Cities of Modesto, Turlock, Ceres, the Del Puerto Water District, and Stanislaus County.
City of Modesto
City of Turlock
City of Ceres
Stanislaus County
Del Puerto Water District

About the Program


The North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP) is a regional solution to address part of the continuing California water crisis. The NVRRWP will make tertiary-treated recycled water available to the drought-impacted west side of the San Joaquin Valley, south of the Delta.

The first phase of NVRRWP could produce and deliver up to 25,700 acre-feet per year of tertiary treated water. This water is estimated to restore approximately $29 million in annual agricultural production to the local economy.

Participants in the NVRRWP currently includes the cities of Modesto, Turlock, Ceres, the Del Puerto Water District on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, and Stanislaus County. Modesto and Turlock currently produce recycled water and provide wastewater treatment for communities in Stanislaus County.

Why Recycled Water?

TRRP Aerial

The water shortage in California is at a crisis level due to the three-year drought and pumping reductions from the San Joaquin River Delta. The dry climate, combined with the natural and regulatory drought and growth in water demand, has intensified the water crisis.

To ensure that we have enough water to meet our present and future needs, we need to conserve water and expand the use of recycled water. Using recycled water provides a locally-controlled, reliable source to the westside of the valley at a reasonable cost to end users.

Tomato Field

This source of water provides environmental benefits by reducing the demand of groundwater supplies; allowing us to reduce the amount of wastewater discharged to the San Joaquin River; and improve stream flows for riparian habitat and fishery recovery.