Green homes and sustainability efforts have never mattered more. Growth is coming; take a look at how this Santa Clarita development is preparing for it in the most ethical way possible.
In a time when Southern California is facing a water crisis, one Santa Clarita housing project is doing its part to give back with clean, recycled water that not only benefits the residents who live there … but the rest of our community, as well.
Vista Canyon, a development coming to Santa Clarita in 2020, is giving back to Santa Clarita by building a water reclamation plant that will donate recycled water to local neighborhoods, making the entire project “water neutral” when this exact sustainability mindset is needed most.
So what is this magical water reclamation project? Well, we like to call it The Water Factory. Let’s dive in.
Green Homes: The Story Behind The Water Factory
“In Southern California, water is an extremely valuable resource, and we wanted to treat it as such,” explained Glenn Adamick, a partner of the Vista Canyon housing project. “So one of the things we looked at, initially, was: Do we have the ability to create improvements for the community, with regard to recycled water?”
The developers did their research, partnering with the City of Santa Clarita, to tour multiple water reclamation projects that were already doing good work in the world. They focused their efforts on small plants in Arizona that were located in areas where there was no other existing infrastructure to rely on.
And they found what they were looking for.
Green Homes: What’s The Vista Canyon Water Factory?
Already completed, the Vista Canyon Water Factory is an on-site water reclamation plant that generates enough recycled water for the entire development, plus more to donate to the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley.
About ⅓ of the recycled water supply it creates will be used on the Vista Canyon property for landscaping purposes.
The rest, about ⅔ of the total supply, is donated off-site to the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency’s infrastructure.
Green Homes: Benefits Of Water Reclamation At Vista Canyon
The greatest benefit of the Vista Canyon Water Factory is it makes Vista Canyon “water neutral.”
“In the world of development right now, water is a hot-button topic,” explained Santa Clarita Realtor Tracy Hauser of the Tracy Team. “Everyone is asking: ‘Where is the water going to come from?’”
So what does it really mean for a development to be water neutral?
Essentially, being water neutral means you’re producing the needed water surplus to offset the water you’re using. So, at the end of the day, you’ve haven’t used any more water than you’ve created.
By meeting landscaping needs with recycled water — and donating additional recycled water for other communities to use in landscaping — Vista Canyon is accounting for any potable water it consumes by offsetting the consumption of potable water in other areas of the community.
Let’s take a look at what that really means, here in Santa Clarita.
Green Homes: How Will The Water Factory Affect Santa Clarita?
“For example, the neighboring community, Fair Oaks Ranch, is currently using potable (drinking) water for landscaping purposes,” Glenn explained. “But a bulk of Vista Canyon’s donated recycled water will be used toward landscaping in Fair Oaks Ranch, including medians, parks and other things like that. They will eventually convert their potable water use over to recycled water, essentially, creating more potable water for Fair Oaks Ranch residents.”
Put simply, the Vista Canyon Water Factory will allow at least one Santa Clarita community to stop using drinking water for its plants.
“As this development gets started, it’s already giving back to the community in a huge way,” Tracy explained. “That’s something the three developers of this project, Glenn included, have been so focused on with this project. Yes, this is a business project, but it’s so rich with the spirit of giving back. That’s the reason I wanted to share this information with the community. I want people to have the information — straight from the horse’s mouth — about what’s going on Vista Canyon that will create a positive ripple effect in our own backyards.”
Green Homes: Other Sustainability Efforts At Vista Canyon
From design to construction to ongoing operation, Vista Canyon was created to respect the environment, protect the river and the oaks that make this place so special, and minimize its carbon footprint.
Complying with regulations is just the beginning. Vista Canyon is also committed to supporting the State of California’s landmark mandate, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 28.5% below 2020’s projected levels by improving building design, water use and transportation.
Green Homes: What’s Vista Canyon?
Vista Canyon, a 185-acre mixed-use community located off the 14, includes 1,100 homes — with townhomes, single-family residences and luxury apartments — as well as close to 1 million square feet of commercial space and more than 21 acres of preserved recreational area. The community will even have its own transit center, Metrolink commuter rail stop and bridge.
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