The City of Boise is about to reach a major milestone in developing a new, drought-proof water supply with the site selection for the city’s first recycled water facility. On February 13, Boise City Council will advance the $20 million purchase of a 76-acre parcel of land at the southwest corner of Warehouse Way and Freight Street near the WinCo Distribution Center. The sale is expected to close by the end of February.
“This purchase is an investment in our community’s water resiliency,” says Haley Falconer, Environmental Manager for the City of Boise. “Every gallon of water we keep for local reuse is a gallon of drinking water we preserve. This is a forward-thinking decision that I know we’ll look back on and be glad the city had the foresight to make.”
Recycling water will create a new water supply for Boise by purifying used water from business and industry and using it again, making Boise even better prepared to meet future challenges like drought, climate change, and growth. Water purification technologies are currently being tested at the city’s Advanced Water Treatment Pilot. The city expects to break ground on the new facility in 2025 and begin full-scale water recycling operations in 2029.