Stockton’s new water plant gets LEED certification
August 21, 2012
• Awarded LEED Gold level
• ‘A significant achievement for the city’
Stockton’s new water treatment plant has been awarded LEED Gold certification, one of the highest levels possible when it comes to energy conservation.
Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED, an acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” is the nation’s program for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“Receiving this prestigious recognition is a significant achievement for the city,” says Mel Lytle, director of the Municipal Utilities Department.
The plant is the first-ever city building built to receive LEED certification. In 2008, Stockton adopted a resolution requiring all new construction of municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet be LEED certified.
The water treatment plant achieved Gold LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The state-of-the-art water treatment plant provides treated surface water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Stockton residents.
“This new treatment plant will provide Stockton with a more reliable water supply for generations to come,” says Mr. Lytle. “The fact the facility was built to Gold LEED standards is an added benefit.”
CDM Constructors Inc. built the water treatment plant, which will process as much as 30 million gallons of water a day, meeting about one-third of Stockton’s water needs. At final build-out (estimated in 2050), the water treatment plant will have the capacity to treat up to 160 mgd.