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Redwood City began using recycled water, on a trial basis, in August, 2000, when it launched the First Step Project. The City had been searching for a way to use less water from the Hetch Hetchy water system, its only source of water. Since the City exceeds its Hetch Hetchy allotment every year, using recycled water for irrigation is one alternative. First Step delivered recycled water to sections of Redwood Shores where it was used for landscape irrigation. Since it began, First Step has operated under tight California Department of Health Services (DHS) Title 22 guidelines for tertiary treatment of recycled water. First Step has been a success and no health incidents have been reported. It is Redwood City’s goal to extend First Step to other areas of the City in order to reduce use of Hetch Hetchy water and to rely more on treated recycled water for irrigation.

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