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ALBERT ROBLES CENTER FOR WATER RECYCLING & ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING


 

Facility Overview

The five-acre Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling & Environmental Learning (ARC) is located in the City of Pico Rivera. ARC is a multipurpose and multi-benefit site which encapsulates the Water Replenishment District's commitment to the community through the construction of a state-of-the-art Advanced Water Treatment Facility, a fully digital Learning Center, and a water-efficient Demonstration Garden.

Treating up to 14.8 million gallons of water per day, the ARC facility is the crowning achievement of WRD’s Water Independence Now (WIN) program which created a locally sustainable water supply for groundwater recharge in the Montebello Forebay. Groundwater managed by WRD meets nearly 50% of the water demands for the 4 million residents in WRD’s 420-square-mile service area located in southern Los Angeles County.

The Albert Robles Center purifies approximately 10,000 acre-feet (3.25 billion gallons) of tertiary treated (recycled) water annually to near-distilled levels through an advanced water treatment facility. Together, with another 11,000 acre-feet (3.6 billion gallons) of recycled water purchased from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, WRD delivers 21,000 acre-feet of water to the San Gabriel Coastal Spreading Grounds where it percolates into the Central Basin. Together, these elements were referred to as the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP).

By developing a local and sustainable water supply for groundwater replenishment, WRD is creating drought resiliency and strengthening water security in the region for generations to come.

For an overview of the facility, as well as information on its main components can be viewed in the Story Maps and sections below.

Print ready information about ARC can be found here: ARC Information Cutsheet
Trifold Brochure here: PDF icon ARC Information Brochure 
View the full Story Map here: ARC Virtual Tour 

 

Tours

ARC is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19 protocols. When ARC opens up to visitors, tours and field trips will be scheduled by appointment only. For a self-guided virtual tour of ARC, please visit our Story Map.

WRD also hosts virtual walking tours of ARC, please fill out this form to sign up for our tours mailing list or contact info@wrd.org for more information.

 

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Advanced Water Treatment Facility
The Advanced Water Treatment Facility at ARC produces up to 14.8 million gallons per day (mgd) of advanced treated recycled water through a 3-step process including Ultrafiltration, Reverse Osmosis & UV/AOP Disinfection. Learn about the ARC treatment process by following the water molecule below!


Water Conveyance and Treatment Process

Water Treatment Updated
ARC’s 3-stage treatment process includes ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolent and advanced oxidation disinfection resulting in highly purified water.

 

ARC Tour of the Advanced Water Treatment Facility 

Learning Center
The Albert Robles Center is home to a fully digital and bilingual water museum with over 30 water exhibits. The inviting, colorful and dynamic environment encourages visitors to interact with many of the touch exhibits and learn at their own pace.

Visitors to WRD’s state-of-the-art Learning Center will explore topics that include water resources, the natural and urban water cycles, water conservation, groundwater, recycled water, and environmental stewardship! All our exhibits are interactive and fully bilingual.

WRD is proud to host student field trips including virtual workshops for schools in our vast service area. For more information please contact Monica Sijder at msijder@wrd.org

Download our informational flyer: PDF icon ARC Education Program Flyer
 

ARC Tour of the Learning Center

 

Green Infrastructure
ARC was built with sustainability in mind and is LEED Platinum Certified for efficiencies in energy, water, and waste.

ARC Green Infrastructure Site Plan

By building the Albert Robles Center’s Administration and Learning Center to meet the highest level of national standards set by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process, WRD hopes to inspire future environmental stewards by leading through example. To take advantage of the educational value of a LEED Platinum Certified building, WRD has developed an educational program which highlights the various building efficiencies and sustainable systems that lower its carbon footprint and create a healthier experience for all who visit or work there.

Sustainable Features at ARC: Drought-tolerant rooftop garden, butterfly garden, bioswales, EV charging stations, permeable pavement, and a working model of the San Gabriel River.

 

ARC Tour of the Green Infrastructure Features