Recycled Water

photo of a fountain that uses SVWD recycled water 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

  • Preserves groundwater, our drinking water, for human consumption.
  • Decreases the amount of wastewater discharge that may damage and pollute the ecosystems of the bodies of water in which it is being discharged to.
  • Repurposes water for useful purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes and replenishing groundwater sources.
  • Reestablish or create new wetlands, which create multiple benefits for local ecosystems and groundwater resources.

photo of civic center grounds that use SVWD recycled water

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 that shares one or more landscape irrigation meter and qualifies for recycled water service. However, single-family homeowners or renters can collect up to 250 gallons of recycled water per day from the Recycle Water Fill Station.

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 will be provided to a new facility or an existing facility. The applicant should check for supplementary guidelines or requirements that may be specific to the site.

Recycled Water Irrigation Systems Standards and Details 


Recycled Water Fill Station

The Recycled Water Fill Station is closed for the season.

Hours of Operation for 2019: TO BE DETERMINED

There are many uses for non-drinkable recycled water. If you use water to water your lawns, gardens, vegetables, trees, and to wash cars, outdoor furniture and hard surfaces (paths, walls, windows), you can benefit from our free recycled water program. Recycled water is simply wastewater that has been purified through multiple treatment processes to a level that meets the California Department of Public Health standards.

Scotts Valley City residents and/or District customers can pick up to 250 gallons of free recycled water per day. The fill station is open three days a week during the spring and summer. The fill station is located directly across from the Scotts Valley Senior Center, 370 Kings Village Road.

 Recycled Water Fill Station Application 

Getting Recycled Water

  • Complete application form and brief training (first visit only). Learn about the proper uses of recycled water. You also will receive an ID card and stickers for the containers that are needed to transport and store the recycled water. Save some time and fill out the application online (link) and print out a completed copy to bring with you on your first fill-up. The attendant will provide required training and issue your ID card.
  • Bring the proper containers for storing and transporting recycled water. You must bring your own containers to pick up recycled water. Ensure they have watertight lids and do not leak, and have equipment with you to secure containers for safe transport. Also, plan to use your containers exclusively for recycled water unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Think about your vehicle’s load capacity — water is heavy! One gallon of recycled water weights more than 8 pounds.  An overloaded vehicle is unsafe; it may damage your vehicle or cause a traffic accident. Remember to allow enough stopping distance when driving a loaded vehicle. It is the sole responsibility of the user to comply with manufacturer maximum load ratings. 
  • Filling up is easy! Please follow the signs. If there is a line, turn your engine off and do not block streets or driveways. Present your Recycled Water Card to the attendant and complete. Remember to use the shut-off valve on the hose to ensure that recycled water does not spill from the hose before or after filling.

 Recycled Water Training

Recycled Water Quality Data
The quality of our recycled water is a high priority for us. Recycled water is strictly monitored to ensure it meets water quality standards set by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Click here to view Recycled Water Quality Data.

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