April 20, 2001—The community of Laguna, California, will benefit from treated, reused wastewater to irrigate landscaping at parks, schools and streets, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The community hopes that the wastewater treated at the regional plant in Elk Grove will help keep conserve water in the lake at Laguna West, the current source of water for the public landscaping.
After the new $13.5 million county facility treats, filters and disinfects up to 5 mgd of the water, it will send it through purple pipes to water plants.
Since the lake is used for all kinds of outdoor recreation, residents are receptive to the plan, the Sacramento Bee said.
The plan has been discussed since the 80s because of dropping aquifer levels.
No health-related incidents have been linked to recycled water in arid Southern California. More than 200 water recycling systems operate in the state and many others are pending, the newspaper said.