Water Reuse

Urban Uses

Urban Reuse

Urban Reuse refers to the use of reclaimed water for non-potable uses in urban environments. This can include activities such as irrigation, fire protection, window washing, dust control and toilet flushing. This type of use acknowledges that there are several water uses in urban areas that do not necessarily require water that meets drinking water standards. In order for an area to make use of this type of application, distribution systems must be built to provide the reclaimed water to their place of use. This is a completely separate distribution system from the already common drinking water systems because this is not potable water. Therefore there is a high extra cost associated with this since most areas do not have this infrastructure in place.

Guidelines for Water Reuse. US Environmental Protection Agency. EPA/625/R-04/108. September 2004.