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Recycled Water Program

Moving Towards a Sustainable Water Future

To help sustain our local water supply, Pleasanton is studying the option of providing safe and reliable recycled water to irrigate large landscaping within the City. Though all water on earth is recycled, "recycled water" generally refers to highly treated and disinfected wastewater.

Here are a list of key benefits from developing a recycled water program to the Pleasanton community identified through the City's Recycled Water Feasibility Study:

  • Improves the reliability & sustainability of Pleasanton's water supply
  • Provides a drought-proof source of water that can be used for landscape irrigation, instead of drinking water
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the amount of treated waste water discharged into the San Francisco Bay

Interested in the details of this study? Download the City of Pleasanton Recycled Water Feasibility Study (25 MG).

 

"PURPLE PIPE" in VAL VISTA PARK

Val Vista Park, considered home to local soccer leagues, is a little "greener", with the help of some purple pipes... You might have noticed some of the irrigation hardware in the park changing to purple; as well as a few purple signs to inform park users that much of the landscaping is now watered with recycled water.

Purple is the designated color to identify irrigation equipment used with recycled water. This change in the type of water being used to water the park landscaping translates to a BIG savings in our drinking water! Purple pipe is nothing new to many traveling sports groups; Pleasanton's neighboring cities of Dublin, San Ramon, and Livermore all use recycled water to irrigate most of their parks as well.

Wondering about the safety of recycled water? Read below for more information...

 

RECYCLED WATER...IS IT SAFE?

A Risk Assessment Study of potential health risks from exposure to recycled water was conducted by the WateReuse Association. Learn more about this safe water supply for landscaping by reading through the study results: It would take a child 410,000 years of playing on a lawn watered with recycled water to be exposed to the same amount of caffeine found in one cup of coffee!

The California Department of Public Health maintains strict regulations for the treatment of recycled water to ensure its saftey for all its accepted uses.

Learn more about recycled water at:

www.athirstyplanet.com.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Global Water Crisis

We share this world and its precious water resources. However, 1 out of 7 people we share it with lack access to reliable and safe drinking water. Using recycled water, instead of drinking water to water landscaping is one important way to reduce and preserve drinking water for its intended purpose...drinking.

Learn more about what is needed to end this global water crisis from leading global water change scientist, Dr. Jay Famiglietti.

For more information about the City of Pleasanton Recycled Water Program development, call: 925-931-5513, or email: rdicandia@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

 

 

 

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