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President’s Message By John Horner, President /CEO Morgan Hill 90 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN practice during the construction of the new gymnasium/ multi-purpose room at the Morgan Hill Charter School site. This facility requires onsite septic treatment, and the new system uses the reclaimed wastewater to provide sub-soil irrigation of the sports fields near the new building. Even in future droughts, those fields will stay in great condition. Similarly, the architect designing the new Granada Hotel in downtown Morgan Hill is incorporating onsite grey water purification (from showers and clothes washers) to provide irrigation water for the site’s gardens. Looking further out, advanced technologies are now available to provide similar capabilities for new single family homes with low initial costs. Recently we participated in a panel session at the Sustainable Silicon Valley water conference where all of the different people and organizations gathered to work on the details of making onsite water purification and reuse as commonplace as indoor plumbing and central air conditioning. Being smart about our resource use provides the foundation for long-term health and prosperity. JULY / AUGUST 2016 gmhtoday.com CHAMBER M organ Hill is proud of its smart growth tradition and practices. Silicon Valley continues to draw accomplished people from all walks of life to make this their business and personal home base. Morgan Hill shares in that growth while continuing to ensure a high quality of life and strong community feeling for those who live and/or work here. Doing so requires that our growth be managed at a sustainable rate and in a balanced manner. Many local political discussions often revolve around how best to do this, but the general notion of having a managed growth rate (as opposed to maximum possible short-term growth) is almost unanimously agreed upon. Making ever more efficient use of our natural resources is essential to our long-term viability. Recent multi-year drought conditions taught us that this might be the new normal. Onsite grey water treatment and reuse is one of the elements forward-thinking governmental agencies, technologists and project developers are putting into place to provide high- quality facilities while reducing water and sewer demands. Our local school district has already put these ideas into