What is Recycled Water?
When we think of things that can be recycled, we often think of aluminum cans, glass containers, and newspaper, but water can also be recycled. Recycled water is treated wastewater that has been purified through multiple treatment processes to a level that meets the quality and safety standards set by the California Department of Public Health. After meeting these standards recycled water is safe for a variety of beneficial uses such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, commercial car washes and even recharging groundwater basins. In the United States, there have been no documented cases of human health problems due to contact with recycled water that has been adequately treated to the required safety standards.
The Benefits of Recycling Water
- Decreases the extraction of water from sources that may be declining due to drought conditions or overuse from human consumption.
- Recycling wastewater can decrease the amount of wastewater discharge of effluents that may damage and pollute the ecosystems of the bodies of water in which it is being discharged to.
- Treated and processed wastewater can be used for useful purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes and replenishing groundwater sources such as basins.
- Recycled water has been used to reestablish or create new wetlands which create multiple benefits to local ecosystems and groundwater resources.
Recycled Water Use in Scotts Valley
Recycled water in Scotts Valley is typically used for commercial, industrial, institutional and homeowners associations (HOA) customers. We currently do not serve individual single family homes unless they are part of an HOA which shares one or more landscape irrigation meter and qualifies for recycled water service.
Prior to receiving recycled water, the site must be approved by Scotts Valley Water District. The procedures for approval are slightly different depending on whether the service is a new facility of an existing facility. The applicant should check for supplementary guidelines or requirements that may be specific to the site.
Application for Recycled Water Service.
Recycled Water Irrigation Systems Standards and Details