What is reclaimed water?
Reclaimed water, or effluent reuse, is treated wastewater meeting effluent standards that is used in a beneficial manner and for the purpose of conservation of the state’s water resources, by reducing the use of other water resources. The water is treated and disinfected, and North Carolina sets strict standards for reclaimed water that often make it higher quality water than surface water.
Reclaimed water is for irrigation use only. DO NOT drink reclaimed water.
In the United States, reclaimed water has been used since 1929 with no known cases of illness or allergies as a result of proper usage. Residents of Cary and Holly Springs, North Carolina, and dozens of communities in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona have used reclaimed water to safely irrigate their lawns.
Approved Uses for Reclaimed Water
- Landscape irrigation of residential lawns, golf courses, parks, landscaped areas, and other public, industrial or commercial grounds
- Dust control for street sweeping
- Roadway pre-treatment
- Directional boring
- Vehicle washing
- Pesticide application
- Pressure washing
- Decorative ponds and fountains that do NOT have a drain to surface waters, storm drains, or catch basins. Must display permanent weatherproof signage
- General construction purposes such as soil compaction, dust control, and asphalt reclamation
- Cooling tower and boiler blowdown water
- Toilet flushing
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Where is reclaimed water used?
Brunswick County operates over 25 miles of reclaimed water force mains supplying reclaimed water for irrigation to eleven golf courses and 1,040 acres of dedicated tree farms and turf farms.
Reclaimed water is used on golf courses in:
- Sea Trail
- Ocean Ridge
- Winding River
- St. James Plantation
Reclaimed water fosters healthy, green lawns and landscaping, and minimizes the burden on potable water supply and infrastructure.
- Reclaimed water is ideal for irrigation since it can be provided at a nearly constant pressure and contains some nutrients that can minimize the need for fertilizer.
- Reclaimed water can minimize or eliminate the need to expand potable water supply and production, ultimately saving money for the community.