Reclaimed water has been extensively treated and disinfected to ensure that public health and environmental quality are protected. To meet its required unrestricted public access quality, reclaimed water must meet the strict standards of quality established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
The City’s reclaimed water system is monitored 24 hours a day by Pinellas County to ensure consistent quality standards are met. Testing is performed at the laboratory on site at the plant, as well as by independent research centers.
Physical contact with reclaimed water is not known to have any negative effects; being splashed or sprayed by the water should not be cause for alarm. However, remember that (1) reclaimed water is primarily used for irrigation and is not for consumption or sanitary purposes, and (2) irrigation should occur at a time when human or animal contact is least likely.