For the “You’re Kidding, Right?” File

California okays recycled sewage water for home taps, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

An excerpt.

Water that once coursed through city sewers may soon find new life coming out of your home faucet.

New regulations approved Tuesday by the California State Water Resources Control Board allow treated recycled water to be added to reservoirs, the source of California municipal drinking water.

The regulations specify the percentage of recycled water that can be added and how long it must reside there before being treated again at a surface water treatment facility and provided as drinking water, according to the Water Board.

“This is a type of indirect potable use — it’s not treated recycle water that goes directly to someone’s house,” said Miryam Barajas at the Water Board. “It’s highly treated.”

The State Water Board is looking to crack down on wasteful water usage with new rules. The new guidelines have support from environmental groups but also pushback from some water agencies that don’t like the 1 size fits all restrictions. Enforcement might include $500 fines.

Barajas said San Diego is leading the state in infrastructure to begin carrying out a sewer-to-reservoir operation but the rest of the state will likely follow.

California has 36 main reservoirs and Barajas said the decision could potentially affect all of them but it is unclear how long that could take.

“The regulations are now there but the infrastructure is not,” she said.

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About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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