Recycled Water FAQs

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RWFS_SymbolWhat is recycled water?

Recycled water is wastewater that has been processed through primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment, and a disinfection process. It meets strict standards of the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Drinking Water.

How much will recycled water cost me?

Recycled water is FREE from the Fill Station.

What can I use recycled water for?

Recycled water can be used to water trees, plants, vegetable gardens, and lawns.

Recycled water may NOT be used for these purposes:

  • Drinking 
  • Cooking or any other kitchen use
  • Bathing or showering
  • Filling swimming pools or spas
  • Household plumbing system use

Why is recycled water not safe to drink? What happens if I drink it?

Tertiary-treated recycled water is not approved for drinking. If you accidently drink recycled water, there is no need to panic. Should you experience any adverse symptoms or feel unwell, consult your doctor.

What are the benefits of using recycled water?

By reducing the amount of drinkable water you use for outdoor irrigation, you'll help fight the drought and save money on your water bill.

How much recycled water can I pick up at a time?

Maximum per load for residential use is 300 gallons. Water weighs approximately eight pounds per gallon, so be sure to consider your vehicle's maximum load capacity. Failure to comply with your vehicle's maximum load ratings from the manufacturer will be the sole responsibility of the user.

Where can I purchase recycled water containers?

What are the rules and regulations for residential use of recycled water?

  1. Collection and storage containers are required to have a "Recycled Water: Do Not Drink" sticker placed on them. The stickers will be made available to participants at the Recycled Water Fill Station (3700 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas) during pickup hours, Saturdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  2. Recycled water shall not be placed in a storage container that is connected to the plumbed landscape irrigation system or the onsite drinking water supply.

  3. Recycled water shall not be discharged to the street gutter or storm drain system. If you have leftover recycled water and want to dispose of it, either discharge it to a landscaped area or to the sanitary sewer system via an onsite cleanout.

  4. Recycled water shall not be used for irrigation purposes within 50 feet of a water supply well.

  5. Recycled water shall not be pumped into a plumbed irrigation system. SWRCB Title 22 regulations require special reports and inspections from State regulators before a recycled water connection to a residential plumbing system can be allowed. This program does not allow for recycled water to be connected to a residential plumbing system.

  6. After working with recycled water, remember to apply hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and domestic drinking water, especially before eating or any other activity where your hands may come in contact with your mouth.

  7. DO NOT DRINK recycled water or use it for food preparation.

  8. DO NOT PLAY with recycled water (e.g. water toys, etc).

  9. Take precautions to avoid contact with food while using recycled water.

  10. Wash vegetables with domestic drinking water prior to eating or cooking (the majority of the vegetables in the grocery stores are irrigated with recycled water).

 

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