California Water Boards' Annual Performance Report - Fiscal Year 2019-20
PLAN AND ASSESS: WASTEWATER RECYCLING
WASTEWATER RECYCLING-WATER RECLAMATION
TARGETS AND TRENDS IN RECYCLED WATER USE
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WHAT THE MEASURE IS SHOWING
WHY THIS MEASURE IS IMPORTANT
- Data Source: 2009 Municipal Wastewater Recycling Survey Results. Period January 2009 to December 31, 2009. Reported to Sate Water Board on November 1, 2011.
- Unit of Measure: Amount of Water Recycled in Acre-Feet.
- References: The Water Boards' Water Recycling Program
Public Reports and Data
- Recycled Water
- Recycled water means water which, as a result of treatment of waste, is suitable for a direct beneficial use or a controlled use that would not otherwise occur and is therefore considered a valuable resource. (Water Code § 13050(n)).
- It is defined by the volume of one acre of surface area to a depth of one foot. Since the acre is defined as a chain by a furlong (66 ft × 660 ft) the acre-foot is exactly 43,560 cubic feet. One acre-foot is taken to be the planned water usage of a suburban family household, annually.
- Water Recycling Targets
- The Water Boards Water Recycling Policy identifies the goals and mandates to recycled water by 2010, 2015 and 2030. Section 13577 of the California Water Code establishes the water recycling goals of 700,000 acre feet of water per year by the year 2000 and 1,000,000 acre-feet of water per year by the year 2010.