Reclaimed water plays an important role in water resource, wastewater and ecosystem management.
When reclaimed water is used, it eases the demand on traditional, often limited, sources of water. By recycling or reusing water, communities can still grow while minimizing or even reducing their impact on the water resources around them.
Water reuse involves using highly treated domestic wastewater for a new purpose. Reclaimed water systems are continually monitored to ensure the health and welfare of the public and the environment are protected.
Using reclaimed water also reduces discharges to surface waters, recharges ground water and postpones costly capital investments in the development of new, more costly water sources and supplies.
Reclaimed water is an excellent water source for:
- Irrigating golf courses, residences, highway and street medians and other landscaped areas
- Meeting urban demands for water to wash cars, flush toilets and maintain ponds and fountains
- Meeting industrial and commercial demands for water at power plants and for various processing and/or washing needs
- Irrigating food crops, such as citrus and soybeans, and irrigating crops and pastures for livestock
- Creating wetlands and enhancing restoration
- Recharging groundwater
May 5, 2020, Commission Meeting:
PDF of Reclaimed Water Update Presentation seen in May 5th video.