In one of the U.S. regions hardest hit by water shortages, one city is being saluted for its advancement of smart water reuse practices.

Redwood City, Calif., received the Large Project of the Year Award from the Wate-Reuse Assocation, a group that champions water recycling. The city's $80 million effort involved retrofitting a number of customer sites to convert from potable to recycled water, and in planning, design, and constructing new disinfection, storage, and distribution within the water system.

Phase I of the recycled water project went active late June, with positive results. Local engineering and environmental design firm Kennedy/Jenks Consultants helped with planning and design support; the South Bayside System Authority (serving Redwood and other cities located in southern San Mateo County) and a number of other consultants also provided assistance.