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 (1) adopt regulations regarding surface water augmentation (SWA), a form of indirect potable reuse (IPR), and (2) submit a 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.
    • The Report to Legislature was submitted on December 29, 2016. A copy of the Report and more information are available here.
    • The public comment period for for draft SWA regulations is now closed.  The comment letters received are available here.  Draft regulation text and instructions on how to submit public comments or attend public hearing are available here. We prepare a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the SWA regulation. The FAQs document is available here.

Guidance Documents

Other Reports


Other Information

Memorandum of Agreement

Contact Us

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