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Why Recycled Water?

ParkRedwood 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.

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