The WateReuse Association, California chapter named the City of Malibu the 2019 “Recycled Water Agency of the Year” for its Civic Center Water Treatment Facility (CCWTF), which was completed and started processing wastewater into clean, recycled water for irrigation in October, 2018.

“The City of Malibu and its people have always defined themselves as innovators of environmental protections and programs,” said Mayor Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner. “Our new water treatment facility puts us ahead of the curve of smart, environmentally sound water management practices while combating the realities of climate change and drought here in California.”

The award, for a small community with beneficial water reuse of less than 1,000 acre-feet per year, was announced during the WateReuse Association’s Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on March 18, 2019.

The WateReuse Association is the nation’s only trade association solely dedicated to advancing laws, policy, funding, and public acceptance of recycled water. WateReuse represents a coalition of utilities that recycle water, businesses that support the development of recycled water projects, and consumers of recycled water. Learn more at

The Recycled Water Agency of the Year awards recognize small, medium, and large entities that have developed recycled water, on a significant level, as an alternative water source within their service area. Recipients demonstrate leadership, creativity, and persistence in developing a comprehensive program, as well as outreach to the community to expand awareness and implementation of water recycling.

The City of Malibu also received the 2018 Project of the Year Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the CCWTF.

To learn more about the new facility and the City of Malibu’s continued commitment to environmental sustainability, and to see photos and videos of the facility, visit

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