Watsonville Water Resources Center
The new Watsonville Water Resources Center was first constructed in the 1920s and is now dedicated to protecting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Center treats wastewater and provides recycled water to local farmers, in addition to protecting groundwater and reducing wastewater into the Bay.
The facility design includes a new operations building, as well as a testing lab, bringing the City’s water management officials, originally scattered in different offices, into one new integrated facility to further the mission of water conservation and public watershed education.
The sustainable design features incorporated into the building design include: radiant heating and cooling using reclaimed water, rooftop vents and operable windows for natural ventilation, skylights to provide natural light throughout the building, and low-flow plumbing fixtures provide 68 percent in water savings.