Construction recently wrapped up on a state-of-the-art facility that will use reclaimed water to recharge shallow aquifers feeding Lacey’s Woodland Creek. Facility testing will continue until the end of January. The $2.1 million project, located in the city’s Woodland Creek Community Park, will help stabilize and restore stream flows.
Woodland Creek, which connects Lacey’s four lakes to Henderson Inlet and Puget Sound, provides critical habitat for Chinook salmon, a federally listed threatened species, as well as Coho, Chum, Winter Steelhead and Sockeye salmon. Nearly ninety percent of the stream’s corridor within Lacey and its future growth area has been permanently protected by the city, including a 500-acre tract featuring two miles of frontage along the creek and several of its tributaries.
The 6-acre project included construction of three underground reclaimed water infiltration galleries in the southwest corner of the 72-acre park. Park space will be available for recreational use when the grass has had a chance to establish itself.
Lacey’s reclaimed water is produced by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. The Class A treated wastewater is suitable for a number of non-potable uses, including groundwater recharge and irrigation. Eventually, seventy percent of Lacey’s municipal wastewater will be recycled as reclaimed water.
December 26, 2013/City of Lacey Press Release