Is recycled water safe to drink?
Santa Rosa’s Urban Reuse Project is for landscape irrigation and potential industrial uses only. However, indirect drinking-water reuse occurs in some communities as recycled water from an upstream community rejoins a river and becomes part of a downstream water supply. In addition, milestone groundwater recharge projects in Southern California have an excellent track record of success, with over 30 years of history and no outbreaks of waterborne disease linked to recycled water. Through groundwater recharge, recycled water percolates into groundwater basins, mixes with naturally-occurring groundwater, and eventually is pumped out for drinking-water use. Treatment technologies are constantly improving, and indirect potable reuse is likely to become a well-accepted part of future water supply planning.

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1. What is recycled water?
2. Where does recycled water come from?
3. What kind of water will the Water Reuse Plant produce?
4. Is Recycled Water Safe?
5. How is recycled water made?
6. Where is Santa Rosa Regional Reuse System’s recycled water currently used?
7. With an expanded reuse program, how else will recycled water be used?
8. Why is water recycling important?
9. Will the recycled water be safe for children playing in parks?
10. Is recycled water safe to drink?
11. Who develops the health standards for recycled water?
12. Is the use of recycled water mandatory?
13. Could recycled water get mixed with Santa Rosa’s drinking water?
14. How will I know if the water I see irrigating parks and other outdoor spaces is drinking water or recycled water?
15. What kind of technical support can recycled water customers expect?