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Division of Drinking Water's Recycled Water Information


Statutes and Regulations

Current Activities

Among the statutes related to recycled water are Water Code sections 13560-13569, which require us to:

  • adopt regulations for groundwater replenishment using recycled water by June 30, 2014. The regulations, which became effective June 18, 2014, are available here.

In addition, we are required to

  • adopt regulations regarding surface water augmentation with recycled water by December 31, 2016. For more information, contact Mike McKibben via email at: Michael.McKibben@waterboards.ca.gov or Randy Barnard via email at: Randy.Barnard@waterboards.ca.gov.
  • report to the Legislature on the feasibility of developing uniform water recycling criteria for direct potable reuse by December 31, 2016.

To assist in these activities, we've appointed an Advisory Group and an Expert Panel.

A presentation was made to the State Water Board at the December 15, 2015 board meeting regarding the status of the development of surface water augmentation regulations and the investigation of the feasibility of developing uniform criteria for direct potable reuse. The presentation slides are included here, and the presentation video is available on the State Water Board YouTube Channel here (starting at the 2 hour 12 minute mark).

Guidance Documents

Other Reports

Other Information

Memorandum of Agreement

Contact Us

  • Questions about our recycled water-related activities should be directed to Randy Barnard.


(Updated 6/30/16)