SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A new recycled water plant in San Jose that is designed to help the region weather the current drought and provide a more stable water supply is now open.

Hundreds of people attended the grand opening Friday of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials.

The $72 million water purification plant off of Zanker Road is the largest of its kind in Northern California and is already producing 8 million gallons of purified water each day, according to a district statement.

District officials said the facility uses advanced technology to purify water that has undergone two levels of treatment from the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

The water is expected to match drinking water quality and is a major part of the district’s long-term water supply management program, which calls for aggressive water conservation.

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“Growing water demand, uncertain imported water supplies, the present and recurring drought, regulatory restrictions and climate change require agencies like ours to both promote the wise use of water and find additional supplies to fill projected future water supply demands,” said Tony Estremera, chair of the district’s Board of Directors.

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