Recycled Water

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In response to increasing demands for water, limitations on imported water supplies and the threat of drought, Central Basin Municipal Water District developed a regional water recycling program.

The Central Basin Recycled Water Program annually delivers 4,500 to 5,500 acre-feet, or an average of 1.6 billion gallons, of recycled water to more than 300 industrial, commercial, and landscape irrigation connections throughout southeast Los Angeles County.

The recycled water distribution system includes over 80 miles of purple pipeline and four pump stations. The pump stations include the Rio Hondo Pump Station, Hollydale Pump Station, Cerritos Pump Station owned by the City of Cerritos, and Cudahy Pump Station.

Central Basin obtains recycled water from the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant in Whittier and the Los Coyotes Water Reclamation Plant in Cerritos. Owned and operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, these two reclamation plants produce effluent that meets the most stringent requirements for water recycling and recycled water reuse.

Central Basin promotes recycled water as an ideal alternative for many water consumers who have non-potable water demands. As the customer base continues to expand, ranging from irrigation users like golf courses and parks to unconventional commercial and industrial users, new types of recycled water reuse will continue to be considered.  Additionally, new benefits of recycled water use will continue to be discovered.

Who Uses our Recycled Water Program?

Central Basin delivers recycled water to
diverse sites including schools, parks, public
owned facilities, golf courses and businesses. To
learn more about the sites using recycled  water and to
see if your business or site is eligible, click here

About Recycled Water

Recycled water is treated wastewater
used for non-drinking purposes. To learn about
how recycled water is treated, click here.