We are investigating possibilities for the use of reclaimed and non-potable water for non-drinking water purposes in our system, such as landscape irrigation and commercial or industrial applications.
Reclaimed water is produced by treating waste water to an extremely high standard, typically equivalent to or approaching drinking water levels. Non-potable water is water that is not suitable for use as drinking water but is otherwise suitable for use for irrigation or industrial applications, such as groundwater with naturally high fluoride content or water from wells that have not been constructed to meet drinking water standards.
The use of reclaimed water for irrigation and industrial purposes is common in areas with limited water resources. While we enjoy a tremendous bounty of water resources in our area, even those resources have limits. Increasing demands from growing communities and increasing populations, ongoing tightening of regulations, and the need to preserve water resources for the health of our ecosystems, all place strains on our ability to draw water from current resources. The use of reclaimed or non-potable water for non-drinking water purposes has the potential to extend the life of our current water sources, even as population growth occurs.