Recycled Water

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What is Recycled Water? 

Recycled water is wastewater that is purified through multiple levels of treatment. Recycled water is clean, clear, and safe. This processed water is treated to strict standards set by the California Department of Health Services and is rigorously monitored by local, state and federal agencies to ensure it continuously meets those standards. Recycled water is safe for irrigation, industrial, and agricultural uses. 

Recycled water is most commonly used for nonpotable (not for drinking) purposes, such as agriculture, landscape, public parks, and golf course irrigation. Other nonpotable applications include cooling water for power plants and oil refineries, industrial process water for such facilities as paper mills and carpet dyers, toilet flushing, dust control, construction activities, concrete mixing, and artificial lakes.

Benefits of Recycled Water:

  • Conserves drinking water supplies.

  • Provides a dependable, drought-proof, all-weather, and locally-controlled water supply.

  • Helps restore and preserve our saltwater and tidal habitats by reducing freshwater discharge.

  • Is more economical and environmentally sustainable because it is less energy-intensive and has a lower carbon footprint than many other water supply sources.

City of San Clemente Rules and Regulations for Recycled Water







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