Zone 7 treats surface water imported from outside the Valley, along with runoff collected in Del Valle Reservoir, at one of three facilities to make it ready for drinking before distribution. These plants are strategically located in the eastern and southern portions of the Valley because that's where elevation is higher and gravity helps distribute the water to customers without high pumping costs.
Del Valle Water Treatment Plant
- Where: Southern Livermore
- Capacity: 36 million gallons per day
- Features: Houses Zone 7's Water Quality Laboratory
Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant
- Where: Eastern Livermore
- Capacity: 12 million gallons per day
Some treatment occurs naturally as imported water percolates into the groundwater basin and is filtered by the soils over a very long travel time. This process actually removes all surface contaminants and biodegrades most pollutants, making groundwater from deep production wells one of the safest water supplies available. As water percolates through the soils, it also picks up naturally occurring minerals, including calcium and magnesium, that can make the water hard. As with treated surface water, chloramines are added to groundwater to maintain distribution-system disinfectant. To get information on our Mocho Groundwater Demineralization Plant, click here.