Why Recycled Water?
Redwood City is just one of hundreds of California municipalities struggling
with increasing demand for water and a supply that is essentially finite. By
2020, California’s growing population will require 30 percent more water, from
just under 30 million gallons a day (MGD) to almost 40 million MGD. Tertiary
treated recycled water, meeting the strictest state health standards, provides
an additional source of water for certain purposes. California communities are
now using it to irrigate parks and school grounds, grow crops and cool power
stations. No health incidents have been reported over decades of use. Redwood
City is now exploring the use of tertiary treated recycled water to meet its own
growth demands. By 2010, Redwood City will almost triple its excess use of Hetch
Hetchy water. By using recycled water for irrigation, the City can focus on
using Hetch Hetchy to ensure an adequate potable water supply for our community.