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Planned Community In Lathrop Wins White House Recognition

An aerial view of River Islands in Lathrop.


A planned community in Lathrop won White House recognition for its water saving technology. It's one of many public and private entities drawing praise at today's White House Water Summit.

The Obama administration is shining a spotlight on the water problems and solutions of today.

River Islands and Nexus eWater have partnered to give homeowners a way to recycle water from showers and dishwashers to keep the lawn green.

"Two out of every three gallons that comes into the home can be recycled a second time — outdoors, watering the lawn, landscaping or back indoors for toilet flushing," Nexus CEO Tom Wood says.

River Islands Developer Susan Dell'Osso says the filtration system also produces heat, which can save on energy.

"And that heat can be used to heat up your hot water heater in the house. You can basically service the entire hot water heater through this new energy that's created," Dell'Osso says.

Dell'Osso says construction on the first 11,000 homes is expected to begin toward the end of this year.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio