Is reclaimed water safe to use?

Reclaimed water will help conserve our use of potable water, but are there health risks? It may be highly chlorinated. It may have small amounts of dissolved contaminants such as heavy metals, fertilizers, pesticides and pharmaceuticals not found in “clean” water.



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    Yes, though most reclaimed water does not go directly into the drinking water supply, and is used for watering and irrigation.

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      Thank you. That is a useful link. They state that “it is not used directly for drinking water in the United States,” however reclaimed water may be injected into aquifers and then of course can reach our drinking supply. So I still have some concern.

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    The key is that the reclaimed water is treated, just not to the extent that drinking water is. As it stands, there is little data to suggest that current treatment standards are insufficnent. However, there is a catch. According to the National Research Council, the recommended uses for reclaimed water are, for a variety of reasons, based on the capabilities of your local treatment plant. So, you might want to check out your local standards before using reclaimed water on plants that you intend to eat raw. The city of Tampa, FL, for example, recommends using their reclaimed water only for growing foods that will be peeled (oranges, tangerines, etc) or cooked before eating. Additionally, reclaimed water is not recomended for recreational uses such as filling swimming pools,  kid’s water guns/baloons, etc.

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