Regional recycled water board selects new agency leader

Michael Tognolini chosen as manager of authority overseeing San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program

A regional governing board has appointed a new authority manager for the agency that oversees Tri-Valley's recycled water projects.

Michael Tognolini was selected as the head of the DSRSD-EBMUD Recycled Water Authority, which oversees the San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program.

The program is a collaboration between the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to provide recycled water to Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Blackhawk.

Tognolini, an EBMUD employee since 1996, has been responsible for long-range water supply planning as the district's manager of water supply improvements over the past nine years, according to a DSRSD news release announcing the appointment.

He replaces former authority manager James Bewley, who retired after 10 years in the leadership position.

Tognolini led EBMUD's efforts to build the Freeport Regional Water Project in Sacramento County, which supplies the district with water during drought periods.

He also helped with the expansion of recycled water projects in San Ramon, Oakland and Emeryville.

Tognolini has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Master of Science in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology from Stanford University.

In addition to the San Ramon Valley projects, the Recycled Water Program also signed agreements with Pleasanton in 2014 to expand that city's recycled water presence.

The agreement set the stage for the expansion of the Jeffrey G. Hansen Water Recycling Plant, as well as the move to irrigate Val Vista Park and Hacienda Business Park with recycled water. The latter project is still under construction.

DSRSD also provides wastewater services to Pleasanton on contract.

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