Reclaimed Water Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is reclaimed water?
The wastewater treatment and disinfection process requires four steps:
5. What is the quality of reclaimed water?
View the current Reclaimed Water Consumer Confidence Report.
6. Is reclaimed water safe?
The level of treatment received by reclaimed water makes it acceptable for the following uses:
The degree of treatment required for the use of reclaimed water makes it unsuitable for the following purposes:
In general, any plant native to this area will grow well when irrigated with reclaimed water.
Most grasses (for example, Bermuda and St. Augustine) perform quite well when irrigated with reclaimed water. By using some simple irrigation techniques, even plants like azaleas and roses (which historically have not not done well using reclaimed water due to the elevated chloride, or salt levels) can thrive on Pinellas County reclaimed water. Use drip irrigation methods (rather than overhead spray) for azaleas, roses, and other plants that have a lower salt tolerance.
It is safe to use reclaimed water on edible food crops that will be peeled or cooked before eating, including citrus. Most citrus trees, especially orange and grapefruit, tolerate reclaimed water, provided it is not sprayed on the leaves. Avoid irrigating mango or kumquat trees with reclaimed water.
An automatic rain shutoff device is required by the state. A wye strainer is required at the time of inspection (North Pinellas County only). The wye strainer should be cleaned monthly to maintain adequate pressure and maximize sprinkler system efficiency.
The reclaimed water shortages experienced in recent years during the non-rainy season have placed considerable stress on the reclaimed distribution system. Due to operational experience during these dry periods of the year, an ordinance has been passed to limit lawn watering at these times to three days per week. This limitation will not only alleviate seasonal operational shortages but will actually help build a healthier lawn. See links below for more information:
NORTH COUNTY areas currently receiving reclaimed water:
SOUTH COUNTY areas currently receiving reclaimed water:
Subdivisions on the mainland: