Rationale of Standards for Use of Reclaimed Water

by Herbert B. Foster, Jr.,
William F. Jopling,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 3, Pg. 503-514

Document Type: Journal Paper


California has established standards for reclaimed waste water used for crop and landscape irrigation and recreational impoundments. Insofar as possible the standards avoid the use of specific quality parameters in order to minimize monitoring requirements which would be burdensome to small operations. The major exception is that, where a disinfected reclaimed waste water is necessary, daily coliform bacteria analyses are required. This requirement was one of four major controversial points which are presented. Other major points raised in the development of standards are specification of operational controls and practices in the production and use of reclaimed waste water, and quality requirements for the various uses.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Bacteria | Land reclamation | Crops | Landscaping | Irrigation | Water-based recreation | Water storage | California | United States

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