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Water recycled fresh water can eliminate landfill for disposal, by removing From page 10 the cause of infrastructure damage the saline the same sludge could by ridding saline in the sysm, instead be used as compost. come to the conclusion that the By wonderful coincidence nearly Naturally a roject of this scale first most viable and necessary every property in Avalon already will. require substantial invest- step that Avalon should consider has the delivery mechanism in ment and commitment from all is to concentrate our focus on place as the current saltwater sup- involved. This includes local City, the development of a wastewater ply piping can be easily converted State and County Government, reclamation program, and here's over to handling recycled water Southern California Edison, the why.  instead. Public Utilities Commission and Avalon rcsidentsand visitors By implementing a recycled of course local business leaders use roughly 400 acrefeetQf r vater campaigfi in Avalon we and residents. annually, could-use fresh water for a mul- Our small advisory group is The used water is a combina- titude of daily uses which takes just that, an advisory committee. tion of both fresh water used in advantage of water that would We have no legal or formal con- town and is derived via Southern otherwise be pumped out to sea. nection to city Government. We California Edison from the allu- In doing so, our demands from are concerned citizens who want vial wells connected to Thompson our current reservoir can be dras- tohelp solve a long standing prob- reservoir and saltwater via our tically reduced as the only needs lem for Catalina Island. We looked saltwater toilet system, for that water will be for drink- at what options are available and The Thompson Reservir hasseen decnning water levels but the recent rain has helped t maintain a consistent level for the past month. Our used water is piped to the ing, bathing, cooking and wash- recycled water rose to the surface wastewater treatment facility near ing dishes and clothes. All other of what makes the most sense. We produced regarding possible solu- meeting schedules, please contact; the Edison power plant and is fresh water needs can be met with opted to title the group R-TAP, the tions for fresh water resources processed to a degree where it is recycled water, acronym for "Reclamation, The for Catalina Island. For additional Jon Council is a member of considered clean enough to pump By reducing thedemands on our Avalon Project" and refers to our information regarding R-Tap and the R-TAP consortium. out into the ocean along Pebbly reservoir we can extend its cyclical water taps. All island residents Beach. life between rainfall events which are encouraged to participate in In essence, we throw away would allow for recharging the R-TAP by attending meetings and ,I ----   roughly 400 acre feet of water alluvial water tables beneath the assisting in moving us forward annually, a significant portion of reservoir and help get us beyond with wise and sensible fresh water which could instead be recycled water rationing, resource management. and reused many times over for Additionally, the waste sludge This is the first in a series use in watering plants, rinsing off produced in our current waste- of informational articles planned uc #Tsaa property and sidewalks, washing water facility is high in salt con- to keep island residents informed cars and flushing toilets, tent and requires burial in our as to what R-TAP research has 24 HOUR SERVICE CALLS The saltwater portion of Avalon's fresh water management lllmilllt-cemtRClAt, INDUSTRIAL program originally was imag- ined to be a solution to reducing We provide in-home G t N t R A T 0 R $ A t E S & I H S T A t t A T I 0 N demands for fresh water so was Caregivers so you can IpitS 1 New Censt / Remdel I Tenant Impt0vement therefore thought of as a stroke of stay inAvalon! AVALON 310"510"9239 OFFICE 310'829"5007 genius when it was implemented decades ago. Of course now that activity :.4 IIoir Live ' C:re ,  .', Ilk A has revealed some very serious j9 _ . . Come Visit Ojang0! concerns in that the salt load has Alzheimer's & Dementia  ISlaND ,,., ' wreaked havoc with infrastructure Medication Reminders i 0 the form of damaging sewer Light Housekeeping " cal equipment and of course it has cut the life expectancy of ,, Companionship the wastewater treatment facility's OurCaregivers 0 equipment by half. Liability Insured Replacing the saltwater with Background Checked Pre-employmentScreening Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All Agesl Harbor Activity CNA's Available " From page 8 C-sH: ),:)..60.0487 Pet Supplies Games .Puzzles Arts and Crafts the great weather. Almost every ..... Books Educational Toys Video Games mooring in Avalon Harbor was full $1,1OO OFF First Month with Live-In Care. Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items by Saturday night. The best news Satisfaction Guranteed! And so much more! of all: November came and went 233Sumner Avenue (310) 510-9117 Across from Mini-Golf Course without any beach closures. The CHAIlTEIlS!] city has been working hard to get LOBSTER HOOP NET the harbor clean and is now reap- ing the fruits of hard work. Join us on a private charter to catch November 2014 stats are as fol- your own lobsters! Leave at dusk lows: for a short ride along the beautiful People aboard boats--3,152 Catalina coastline for a sunset Vessels Moored--788 Vessels Anchored--51 cruise. Drop the nets, and enjoy Lost/Found Reports--3/22 the comfort of our comfortable 3o Accident Reports 2 foot vessel equipped with TV, Moorings Sold/transferred 1 heated cabin, restroom, and all the  OV  l Citations Issued--5 amenities. Pull the nets just after C A L | F O R N | A Discharges 1 dark, and return to Avalon with Rain 0.14 Average Temp; High--71 your own lobsters, cleaned and Average Temp; Low--60 ready to take home. Or we can Average Sea Temp 68 arrange to have them cooked for Cruise Ship Counts: Phone or text Inspiration (four visits) 8,498 Corsario Charters @ you at one of Avalon's finest Imagination (five visits) 42,73S.oo8o restaurants. Only $125 per angler 11,241 orsarloeatalma,com for a trip you will never forget! Golden Princess (one visit) 2,715 Cruise Ship visitor total 22,454 Visit the Avalon Harbor's Facebook page at www.facebook. com/avalonharborpatrol.  StateDianastreet Lewallen Higgins, Benefits Agent  1 Insurance Solutions .....,,,,. SINGING WATERS 25 E. Cota Street, Unit 8 ) CHRISTIAN CENTER Sata Barbara, Ca, 93,0, lll$ltraiPlC SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND Adt t 346 CATALINA AVE 4z4.738.ooSo 805-966-4040 (PH) 805-966-4080 (FAX) THURSDAY GATHERING 6:30PM THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, December 19, 2014 i