The California Water Code defines recycled water as “water which, as a result of treatment of waste, is suitable for a direct beneficial use or a controlled use that would not otherwise occur and is therefore considered a valuable resource.” (California Water Code § 13050(n))
Water recycling is the reuse of treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing a groundwater basin. A common type of recycled water is water that has been reclaimed from municipal wastewater. Using recycled water reduces the need to use drinking water for non-potable uses.
The State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water (DDW) establishes the standards for municipal wastewater reuse (recycled water). The “Water Recycling Criteria” section of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations (Division 4, Chapter 3) defines the terms and regulations related to recycled water, including specific treatment and use requirements for various types of recycled water. The City of Fresno must at all times meet these requirements for recycled water treatment and use.
The California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) is responsible for the permitting and ongoing regulation of recycled water treatment. The City of Fresno submits regular reports to the Regional Board as required and is in full compliance with all regulations.
NOTE: These documents can be made available in alternate formats upon request. To request alternate formats, contact the Wastewater Management Division at (559) 621-5100.