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Our customers have been using King County’s recycled water for decades. Like water in rivers and lakes, recycled water is not treated for drinking. It’s great for other things.

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Art at the Brightwater Treatment Plant - "no beginning, no end, circle the earth, blessed water, blood of life"Wastewater treatment facilities mimic nature’s processes to filter and clean used water just like a wetland. After traditional wastewater treatment, King County uses filters to create recycled water. We disinfect recycled water using a strong form of household bleach or ultraviolet light. We closely monitor and rigorously test recycled water before delivering it to our customers. King County’s recycled water is “Class A.”

lettuce Two-thirds of the leafy greens for the United States are grown in Monterey County in California. Recycled water supplies most of the irrigation water for these crops, including for crops that are certified organic. King County’s “Class A” recycled water is similar to the quality of water used in Monterey.

Child with otter (statue) in streamKing County’s recycled water is crystal clear and odor-free. It’s safe for people and pets, even if it gets on a scrape or is accidentally swallowed. Like lake water, King County’s recycled water is not treated for drinking. It’s safe to use for other things.

In Olympia, Washington recycled water flows through the East Bay Plaza wading stream .

girl next to reclaimed water signRecycled water has safely been used for irrigation on farms, school grounds, athletic fields, golf courses, parks, and neighborhoods for many years in the United States. There have been no reported cases of illness or allergies from its use for landscapes or agriculture. University of Washington studies confirm our Class A reclaimed water uses are safe for people and the environment.

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