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Reuse > Overview
Once is Never Enough
the City Utilities Department think that the Water Reuse project
is so important to this community? It reuses a local resource to
meet a community need, it is high quality and safe, and it is
Water Reclamation Facility (wastewater treatment) produces a
tertiary recycled water suitable for many uses. The facility
began producing this high quality recycled water following the
completion of an upgrade in 1994. The decision to install this
high level of treatment in order to discharge to San Luis Obispo
Creek was accompanied by a decision to include recycled water as
a significant part of the City’s water supply.
Water Reuse Project provides the pumps, pipeline, storage
reservoirs to provide the separate, non-potable distribution
system to deliver up to 1233 acre-feet of recycled water for
irrigation and other approved uses. The tertiary recycled water
produced by the City of San Luis Obispo is suitable for most
uses other than swimming and drinking.
Distribution system is designed to deliver water to large
landscaped areas including parks, playgrounds, street
landscaping, common areas under the control of home owner
associations and open space. While the recycled water is safe
and suitable for all landscape irrigation, it will not be
economical to provide service to individual residential lots.
Luis Obispo has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Water is a
precious commodity in this semi-arid region. Water is in great
demand to support habitat as well as to meet the needs of cities
and agriculture. The City is dedicating a minimum daily
discharge of 1.1 million gallons of recycled water to support
habitat in San Luis Obispo Creek.