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Some plants are sensitive to the amount of chlorides in irrigation water. These include azaleas, Chinese privet, gardenias, roses, geraniums and orchids. If leaf burning is observed, consider drip irrigation so the water is applied at the soil level rather than spraying the leaves. Chlorides in the reclaimed water may damage the leaves. Florida's reuse rules allow irrigation of edible food crops through direct contact methods (spray irrigation) that will be peeled, skinned, cooked or thermally processed before human consumption, including citrus.
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Pasco County's reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater produced through an advanced wastewater treatment process. This process eliminates harmful byproducts while retaining beneficial elements, such as nitrogen and phosphorus that are useful as fertilizer when reclaimed water is used for irrigating landscapes and can even lower your utility bill.
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:
The degree of treatment required for the use of reclaimed water makes it unsuitable for the following purposes:
Find more information about acceptable and unsuitable uses.
The wastewater treatment and disinfection process requires four steps:
Pasco County produces reclaimed water that meets all the state requirements for utilization of reclaimed water for irrigation of residential lawns and other public access areas, such as parks, playgrounds, school sites, golf courses, etc.
Some of the benefits of using reclaimed water include:
The water shortages experienced in recent years during the non-rainy season have placed considerable stress on the reclaimed distribution system. Due to operational experience during these dry periods of the year, a reclaimed water irrigation schedule has been adopted to limit lawn watering to two days per week. This limitation not only alleviates seasonal operational shortages but will actually help build a healthier lawn. Please view the current watering restrictions.
Find a full list of areas receiving reclaimed water here.