Is recycled water safe to drink?

Although recycled water is treated to a high standard that meets state regulations, tertiary treated recycled water is not approved for drinking purposes. However, if you accidentally drink some recycled water do not panic. Recycled water undergoes an intensive filtration and disinfection process. Just like accidentally drinking water from a pool, a person may ingest some recycled water without experiencing adverse health effects. If you experience any negative symptoms, call your doctor.

For pets: There is no harmful effect if and when your dog or cat drinks from a recycled water puddle, just like when they drink water running down a gutter in the street. Recycled water is safer than water from a ditch or pond. However, it is not recommended to give your pet recycled water to drink.

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1. What is recycled water?
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4. Is recycled water safe to drink?
5. Is recycled water safe for children playing in parks?
6. How will I know if a site is being watered with recycled water?