Reclaimed or recycled water is the process of converting wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes. Reuse may include irrigation of gardens and agricultural fields or replenishing surface water and groundwater.
Recycled water can be used for both commercial and residential approved uses. If you are in the recycled water service area, it is highly recommended that you utilize recycled water.
Recycled Water Fixed Meter Charges
Charges effective on July 1, 2023.
|1 1/2 inches||$13.54|
Service Rates & Fees
100 Cubic Feet (HCF) = 748 Gallons; Rates effective on July 1, 2023.
|Category||Bimonthly Rate Charge (Dollars per HCF)||Capital Surcharge|
|Industrial/Dual Plumbed/Construction Water||$5.41||N/A|
- What is recycled water?
Recycled water is defined in the California Water Code as "…water which, as a result of treatment of waste, is suitable for a direct beneficial use or a controlled use that would not otherwise occur and is therefore considered a valuable resource. Basically, recycled water is highly treated wastewater that is reused for purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, or replenishing groundwater basins."
- What is recycled water used for?
This water can be used for a wide variety of non-potable uses such as:
- Landscape irrigation
- Toilet flushing and cooling towers in commercial buildings
- Industrial processes such as carpet dyeing, concrete production and composting
However, this water is not approved for drinking. Every gallon of recycled water used for these purposes saves a gallon of drinking water.
- Is recycled water regulated?
Yes. There are a variety of laws, regulations and statewide policies that govern how recycled water is defined, what it can be used for, and under what conditions in the State of California. Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations describes the treatment requirements for recycled water as well as the approved uses based on the level of treatment. Also included in Title 22 are the use area requirements which describe restrictions on its use and the requirement to notify the public through signage that a site is using recycled water.
Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations describes the requirements for backflow prevention devices required at a site when recycled water is being used. This is to prevent recycled water from getting into the public drinking water system in the event a cross-connection occurs at a site where recycled water is used.