To meet the supply demands of California’s growing population and protect against droughts, local governments must make the most efficient use of their water resources. Water reuse and recycling offer cost-effective, multi-benefit solutions.
Water reuse involves using untreated, uncontaminated wastewater a second time around, for an appropriate purpose. This includes wastewater from bathtubs, showers, bathroom washbasins, clothes washing machines and laundry tubs.
Water recycling means making use of treated wastewater for appropriate purposes. Both strategies represent reliable sources of water that serve to protect communities from water shortages.