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Dublin San Ramon Services District. Water, wastewater, recycled water.
History
 
Photo of original Parks Community Services District building The Early Years: 1953-1959
The Dublin San Ramon Services District traces its beginning back to April 1953 with the creation of the Parks Community Services District. At that time the District was formed to secure use of the Camp Parks sewer ponds in Pleasanton. Septic tanks were failing in what was then rural, unincorporated county land, and local residents hoped to replace them with a new sewage treatment system. The ponds, however, were never acquired and several years would pass before the District was formally launched.

 

The Years of Awakening: 1960-1961
Early in 1960 Volk/McLain Communities, a residential development company, purchased over 4,000 acres of open land within Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Before allowing Volk/McLain to build homes on the property, the two counties required that a public agency be in place to furnish water, sewage treatment, trash collection and fire protection. That year the District was re-activated to set up these municipal services, and it was given a new name-the Valley Community Services District.

Photo of front of current district offices

By the end of 1960 much had been accomplished. Volk/McLain Communities constructed its first homes, the District's water distribution system and temporary sewage treatment facilities began operating and local citizens organized a volunteer fire department.

In spring 1961, VCSD added parks and recreation services to its responsibilities and expanded its three-member board of directors by two local residents to increase citizen representation.

By fall 1961, the District had built a new fire station and a permanent wastewater treatment plant with 2.5 million gallon-per-day capacity, and a fire chief and plant superintendent were hired to run the new facilities.

In 1961, VCSD also established its first user and connection fees (now known as capacity reserve fees), which paid for the sewage treatment plant, reservoirs and pipelines.

   
Photo of older district building window A Community Takes Shape: 1962-1969
The years 1962 to 1965 were a time of great change within the Amador and San Ramon Valleys, and the District responded quickly, adapting its own utility systems to the new demands. During this period VCSD transferred its water system in south San Ramon to the East Bay Municipal Utility District and contracted with the city of Pleasanton to treat that city's sewage.

VCSD negotiated an agreement in 1963 with Zone 7 of the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District to supply groundwater and eventually surface water from the California Water Project, an arrangement that continues to serve District water customers today.

A Decade of Urbanization: 1970-1979
More changes came with the District's second decade. In 1977, it adopted the name by which it is known today-Dublin San Ramon Services District. Fire services shifted from a mostly volunteer crew to a department of paid professionals.

In 1977 the Alameda County Water District objected to the discharge of treated wastewater to Alameda Creek, which provides part of Fremont, Union City and Newark's water supply. In 1979, with other local agencies, DSRSD established its current system of pumping treated wastewater through pipelines operated by the Livermore Amador Valley Water Management Agency (LAVWMA) and the East Bay Dischargers Authority to San Francisco Bay.
Photo of Tri-Valley Flood Plane before development Two Cities Are Born: 1980-1989
As the community developed, cities incorporated; the city of Dublin was established in 1982, with the city of San Ramon following in 1983. Working closely with these new cities, the District began an orderly transfer, starting in 1986 with garbage collection and ending in 1988 with the fire department and parks and recreation services.

  The Beginning of a New Product, Recycled Water: 1990-1999
In 1990, the District Board of Directors reorganized staff, redefined department responsibilities and approved plans for a new administration building. When the building opened in October 1992, for the first time the DSRSD administrative services, planning and permitting staff as well as management employees were able to work under one roof, improving communication and efficiency.
For 20 years DSRSD has used recycled water to irrigate the grounds at its wastewater treatment plant. In 1991, after five years of below-average rainfall, DSRSD, in cooperation with the city of Livermore and Zone 7, initiated a study which showed cost-effective recycling of highly treated wastewater was now a possibility for some public uses.

Photo of unfinished housing tract in a new subdivision An idea whose time has come, water recycling provides the District with an effective method of managing and preserving water, a precious resource.

For more than 30 years the District's Board of Directors and staff have been dedicated to the delivery of municipal services to meet the needs of their Dublin and San Ramon customers. As the District provides water and wastewater services in the closing years of the 20th century, and is planning for delivery of recycled water in the 21st century, it is guided by the conviction that service must remain competitively priced and provided in a manner that is both socially and environmentally responsible.
     
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Expansion: 2000-2007
In 1995, the Dublin San Ramon Services and East Bay Municipal Utility Districts formed a partnership to bring recycled water to the Valley. In 2006, they unveiled a new sand filtration treatment process at the Water Recycling Plant and began providing sand filtered recycled water for irrigation in Dublin and the San Ramon Valley communities: parks, school grounds, golf courses, and roadway medians. As homes were built in the Dougherty Valley, the District’s customer base doubled.

Recycled water provides a drought-resistant water supply, conserves drinking water, and reduces the amount of treated wastewater discharged into the
San Francisco Bay. There are currently more than 4,800 sites in California that use recycled water, including the San Francisco 49ers' practice field in Santa Clara, Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill golf courses, and hundreds of vineyard acres owned by Gallo Wineries.
     
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