Sacramento Business Journal //

Judges’ choice: Parker Development Co.

Parker Development Co. has helped transform the region since the late Harold Parker founded the company in 1956. From South Sacramento to Folsom and El Dorado County, Parker has paved the way for master-planned residential communities that feature lakes, miles of hiking and biking trails, golf courses and open space.

The El Dorado Hills company has received a host of awards over the years saluting its innovation, its commitment to open space and its positive impact on the community. Its various projects have received at least 14 “community of the year” type awards from groups that lauded the developer’s vision.

The Sacramento Bee //

California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns

At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes.

Proponents call it water recycling. Critics call it “toilet-to-tap.” But as the drought has taken hold in California, opposition to the idea has been drying up, and recycled water is winning acceptance. It’s expected to be a significant source of landscaping and drinking water for many Californians in years to come.