Is recycled wastewater safe?
Yes. Wastewater recycling does not have any more known adverse health effects than conventional water treatment methods. The Water Purification Demonstration Project is designed to thoroughly test the purified water from the advanced water treatment system. Recycled wastewater is currently used as a safe source of drinking water in several major cities around the US. Wastewater will undergo an advanced water purification process and be subject to stringent water quality tests monitored by the California Department of Public Health. Recycled wastewater, purified for drinking water, has actually been found to be cleaner and safer than any water that is currently imported to our region. This holds true even for the vast majority (226 of 232) of pharmaceuticals, hard to eradicate through ordinary water treatment methods (see page 108 of this document for the figures). Recycled wastewater, purified for drinking water, is considered by many experts to be cleaner and safer than any water that is currently imported to our region.