City of San Leandro Offers Free Recycled Water for Non-Potable Landscaping and Construction Uses

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Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter

Starting June 6, 2019, San Leandro residents and businesses can get almost unlimited amounts of free, non-potable recycled water every day from H2O Works, the City-owned wastewater treatment plant. A ribbon-cutting event will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the facility with Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and members of the City Council. Residents are invited to this event to learn more.

“The drought may be over for now, but it’s a good habit to conserve our drinking water for inside the home and office use,” says Justin Jenson, Manager of H2O Works.

In the summer months, H2O Works produces about 1.1 million gallons of recycled water per day, primarily used to water golf courses. Through this program, it expects to provide about 20,000 gallons per day to San Leandro residents and business. The recycled water station will be open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2 :00 p.m. at H2O Works, 3000 Davis St., San Leandro.

Recycled water receives extensive treatment and is rigorously tested to meet strict requirements. It can be used for ornamental landscaping and for vegetables, fruits and herbs (rinse them with drinking water before eating). It should not be used for drinking water, cooking or washing dishes, or in any way that it might come into contact with people, such as wading pools, squirt guns and dog washing.

To receive the water, residents and businesses will need to submit an application, available on the agency’s website at www.sanleandro.org/depts/pw/wpcp. Participants must review a short presentation about proper use of recycled water and submit their application before or during their first visit to the facility during the open hours posted above. After receiving an ID card, customers can come for water during station hours. Customers will need to bring their own containers, with a minimum of 1 gallon and a maximum of 275 gallons. There’s no limit to the number of times customers can receive water.

H2O Works serves about 50,000 customers in San Leandro. Wastewater from homes, businesses and factories is collected and carried to the plant through 130 miles of sewers. The plant cleans about 1.8 billion gallons of wastewater every year. The recycled water goes through secondary and tertiary treatment, which means it’s suitable for non-potable uses. Tours of the facility are available.

For more information, contact Public Works Service Department at 510-577-3440.

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