Reclaimed Water: Safe and Proper Uses

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Around the Yard

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Reclaimed water should not be used to fill your swimming pool or wading pool or used in water toys that children play with.


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Ensure that reclaimed water is applied only to the root zone of fruit and vegetable plants that are not peeled, skinned, or cooked before eating.

System Maintenance

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Check your irrigation system periodically for broken or misdirected sprinkler heads. This helps reduce overspray onto hard surfaces and excessive runoff into storm gutters.

Hose Connections

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Hose connections on reclaimed water systems are prohibited unless additional security measures are place.


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The piping that supplies safe drinking water to your home or building and the piping that supplies water to your irrigation system should never be connected to one another. Cross-connecting the two systems can compromise the quality of your drinking water.

For More Information

For more information, contact the City of Melbourne’s Reclaimed Water Distribution Division by phone: (321) 608-5120 or by e-mail: