Recycled Water

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  1. About Recycled Water
  2. Benefits of Recycled Water
  3. Use of Recycled Water

Our recycled water program showcases Western’s commitment to water supply reliability through technology and by providing locally produced water in the region. Every gallon of recycled water used to irrigate crops or landscaping means a gallon of potable (drinking) water can be used for drinking purposes. Water recycling also helps us keep rates lower because it reduces the need to continually import costlier water from sources like the Colorado River and Northern California. 

How it works

Recycled water goes through a thorough treatment process where it’s disinfected and clarified and turned into high-quality water that can be used for many purposes, including irrigation for parks, schools, golf courses, groves, and cemeteries. Once treated, the recycled water is delivered through purple pipes, which are completely separate from the delivery pipes that carry potable (drinking) water to homes, schools, and businesses.

Ensuring safety

Routine testing is performed, with regulatory oversight, to make sure treatment facilities are functioning properly so that the recycled water delivered to the users meets regulatory requirements. Western also performs regular inspections of the sites that use recycled water.

What’s next

Western continues to look for opportunities to provide even more high-quality, localized water for its customers through its recycled water program and by forming partnerships throughout the region to ensure the right source of water is being used in the right place. The combined efforts exemplify Western’s commitment to using its recycled water supply for beneficial use within its 527-square mile service area.

Additional resources

Recycled Water Fact Sheet

A summary guide to recycled water use

Ordinance 375 - Landscape Water Use Efficiency Program