Recycled Water: Benefits and Uses

Burbank's recycled water meets the most stringent criteria for recycled water defined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4, Chapter 3 requirement as Disinfected Tertiary Recycled Water in that it is approved for all uses, including full-body contact, with the exception of human consumption.


Benefits to Using Recycled Water

  • Recycled water rates are lower than potable water rates and there is an abundant supply.
  • Reduces wastewater thereby lowering customer sewer charges.
  • Provide a drought-resistant water supply to customers.
  • Protecting customer’s substantial investment in landscaping.
  • Recycled Water customers are exempt from landscape water use ordinances.
  • No quantity limits of how much recycled water a customer can use.
  • Customer adds to the sustainability and strengthens our regional economy.
  • Conserves drinking water in Burbank that would otherwise be used for landscape irrigation.

Uses of Recycled Water

  • Landscape irrigations of Parks, playgrounds, schoolyards, Medians, Cemeteries, Freeways, and Golf courses
  • Industrial or commercial cooling or air conditioning involving cooling tower
  • Decorative fountains and water features
  • Flushing toilets and urinals
  • Industrial process water that may contact workers
  • Structural fire fighting
  • Commercial laundries
  • Consolidation of backfill material around pipelines
  • Commercial car washes not done by hand & excluding the general public from the washing process
  • Industrial boiler feed
  • Nonstructural fire fighting
  • Soil compaction
  • Mixing concrete
  • Dust control on roads and streets
  • Cleaning roads, sidewalks, and outdoor work areas
  • Flushing sanitary sewers
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