Water comes in different usable forms. Potable water is the freshest form because of the rigorous treatment applied to it by municipalities. To maximize fresh water for use in homes and other potable water users, the Refinery relies heavily on recycled water for its operations. Our recycling keeps millions of gallons of fresh water available every day for other uses by our community.
The Richmond Advanced Recycled Water Expansion (RARE) plant has made the Refinery the largest user of recycled water in the Bay Area. Built in collaboration with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD), the RARE plant is capable of producing 3.5 million gallons of high-quality recycled water each day.
Recycled water cannot be used for drinking purposed and replaces potable water the Refinery would otherwise use. This high-grade recycled water helps make more fresh drinking water available for community use. Today, about 60 percent of the water used at the Refinery is recycled. We use this water in our boilers to produce steam and electricity, which is used to manufacture gasoline, diesel and jet fuel and other transportation products.