Recycled Water Policy
Statewide General Permit for Landscape Irrigation Uses of Municipal Recycled Water
In July 2009, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted General Waste Discharge Requirements for Landscape Irrigation Uses of Municipal Recycled Water (General Permit). For those eligible, the General Permit allows the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation.
“Landscape Irrigation” uses include the following:
- Parks, greenbelts, and playgrounds
- School yards
- Athletic fields
- Golf courses
- Residential landscaping, common areas *
- Commercial landscaping, except eating areas
- Industrial landscaping, except eating areas
- Freeway, highway, and street landscaping
An Administrator may apply for coverage under the General Permit by filing a Notice of Intent, providing a complete Operation and Maintenance Plan, and submitting the appropriate fee to the State Water Resources Control Board.
- General Waste Discharge Requirements for Landscape Irrigation Uses of Municipal Recycled Water
- CEQA Documents
The General Permit is consistent with the Recycled Water Policy, State and Federal water quality laws, including the statewide water quality standards established by the California Department of Public Health. The General Permit facilitates the streamlining of the permitting process to reduce the overall costs normally incurred by producer, distributors, and users of recycled water.
- Delta Diablo Sanitation District
- Crescent City Water Pollution Control Facility
- Calaveras County Water District, LaContenta Wastewater Treatment Facility
- Los Osos Water Recycling Facility, County of San Luis Obispo
Data and Databases
- California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) - Regulatory, compliance, and enforcement information
Additional Information Related to Recycled Water Use
- Recycled Water Policy
- Recycled Water: Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs)
- CWC Sections 13500-13557 and 13575-13583
- CCR Title 23, Division 4
- California Department of Public Health: Recycled Water
- 1996 Memorandum of Agreement between California Department of Public Health and the State Water Board
- Resolution No. 77-1
- 2002 Recycled Water Task Force
NOTE: Additional program information will be posted and updated as needed.
Questions or comments?
- Please contact:
Jagroop Khela, Recycled Water Ombudsperson
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, 15th Floor 
P.O. Box 100 Sacramento, CA 95812-0100
(916) 341-5560 / (916) 341-5463 - FAX