Is reclaimed water safe?

Yes. To ensure safety, the highest standards established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are followed. System controls utilized by Pasco County Utilities are among the most stringent in the nation. There are no documented public health problems associated with the reuse of properly treated and disinfected reclaimed water. 

The level of treatment received by reclaimed water makes it acceptable for the following uses:

  • Irrigating lawns and most landscaping.
  • Use in fountains and decorative pools (they must be clearly marked as containing reclaimed water)


The degree of treatment required for the use of reclaimed water makes it unsuitable for the following purposes:

  • Consumption by humans
  • Bathing, cooking, or toilet flushing in residential dwellings
  • Interconnection with any other water source
  • Recreational use involving body contact (i.e. swimming pools or outdoor showers)
  • Irrigation of vegetables or other edible crops which are not peeled, cooked or thermally processed before being consumed
  • Above ground, hose bib connections where a hose might be mistakenly used for any of the above

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1. Where can I find water quality information about my water?
2. How is the water treated?
3. Where does Pasco County Utilities get its water from?
4. If I am experiencing water quality issues, who should I contact?
5. Why are utility workers opening hydrants in my neighborhood?
6. Is my water safe?
7. What causes sewer odors inside the house?
8. What causes blockages to occur?
9. What is the purpose of a roof vent?
10. What is the purpose of vapor traps?
11. Does it make a difference how much water gets into the sanitary sewer system?
12. What is reclaimed water?
13. What are some of the benefits of reclaimed water?
14. What is the quality of reclaimed water?
15. How is reclaimed water processed?
16. How do I apply for Reclaimed Water Service?
17. Is reclaimed water safe?
18. What is a backflow?
19. Why do water suppliers need to control cross-connections and protect their public water systems against backflow?
20. What is a backflow preventer?
21. What is an air gap?
22. What is a reduced principle assembly (RP)?
23. What is a pressure vacuum breaker assembly (PVB)?
24. What is a double check valve assembly (DC)?
25. What is a residential dual check valve (RDC)?
26. Why do backflow preventers have to be tested periodically?
27. What is a cross connection?
28. Where can I get more information about cross-connection control?