ISD E-NEWS SPRING 2018
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Fulbright scholar tours Ironhouse Water Recycling Facility

Madrid, Spain is the latest of several international countries to tour Ironhouse’s Water Recycling Facility. Recently, Ironhouse’s general manager, Chad Davisson, hosted a tour with several members of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and their guest Dr. Raquel Iglesias.

Dr. Iglesias is a Fulbright Scholar who works on recycled water for the Spanish government in Madrid. For the past nine months Dr. Iglesias has been visiting California and working with DWR and UC Davis to learn about California’s agricultural reuse of recycled water.

Most of the recycled water use in Spain is currently used for agricultural irrigation. Before she completes her time in California, Dr. Iglesias is visiting facilities around the state producing and using secondary and tertiary recycled water for agriculture. For 25 years, Ironhouse applied the recycled water cleaned in its Water Recycling Facility to irrigate hay fields on the District owned Jersey Island. 

During her visit at Ironhouse Dr. Iglesias took a tour of the Water Recycling Facility, as well as discussed water quality issues and challenges in irrigating with recycled water, irrigation methods and how Ironhouse’s recycled water agricultural program is implemented.

Oakley Science Week

Oakley Science Week at Ironhouse

In celebration of the City of Oakley’s Science Week visitors recently flocked into Ironhouse for a day of family fun. Visitors were treated to a hayride tour of Ironhouse’s Water Recycling Facility for an opportunity to learn how the District turns dirty water into sustainable, clean recycled water ready for reuse. 
 
The day’s events also offered a chance to get up close and personal with those amazing raptors that live around Oakley’s natural environment. Ironhouse invited Suisun Marsh Natural History Association’s docents to show off some of their residents. Included in the hour-long presentation was a tiny screech owl, a large great-horned owl, a disabled red-tailed hawk, a sleepy opossum and a couple wide-eyed snakes. 
 
Members of Ironhouse’s collection staff were also on hand to show some of the equipment used to maintain the complex system of pipes and pumps that send wastewater from your home to Ironhouse.


Sixth Grade School Tour

Another successful year of sixth grade tours at Ironhouse

Earlier this spring Ironhouse once again hosted its award-winning sixth grade school tours. The two-days of tours accommodated more than 400 students and chaperones from Delta Vista Middle School. 
 
The tours featured a first-hand look at the District’s Water Recycling Facility. Students walked to the District from the Marsh Creek Trail and picked up a hayride to the Water Recycling Facility. During the tour students walked through the Facility, giving them a first-hand look at the aeration basins to learn how the District uses a microbiological system to clean dirty water, as well as learned about the different bacteria that do the job. The students also learned about how the water is further cleaned through microfiltration and ultra-violet light. 
 
The previous sixth grade tours were winners of both the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and the California Water Environment Agency’s “Outreach of the Year Project” of the Year awards. 

Volunteers

Thank you to Ironhouse volunteers

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who helped with this year’s Oakley Science Week at Ironhouse and the Sixth Grade Tours activities.

A special thank you goes out to Oakley resident, Christine Speer. As a student from the Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education (BACWWE) program, Christine has some first-hand knowledge of how the Water Recycling Facility works and has become a wonderful tour guide for the sixth-grade tours for the past two years. 
 
During spring break a group of students from both Oakley and Brentwood came together to help pull together educational items to give to students from the sixth-grade tours. Volunteers included Hannah Paz, Brooke Ungaretti, R.J. Rivasplata, Chloe Zimmerman and Sasha Ahmed.

During the Oakley Science Week at Ironhouse event Hannah Paz and Brook Snyder volunteered to run the Kid’s Craft area. This year’s rock painting craft was a popular activity and kept the girls quite busy during the event. 
 
Thank you all for your time and support of Ironhouse Sanitary District. 

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