2021 was the driest year in over 1,200 years.
As the megadrought persists and reservoirs throughout the west dry up, water recycling is increasingly important for ensuring the sustainability of our region.
Most of the cleaned water from 10 of the Sanitation Districts’ 11 wastewater treatment plants is beneficially reused—mainly for groundwater replenishment.
Since 1962, we have recycled over 1 trillion gallons of water, which has reduced the amount of water Southern California has needed to import.
Our last untapped source of recycled water is the cleaned water produced by the JWPCP.
That water is too salty to reuse without advanced treatment.
We have partnered with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on the Regional Recycled Water Program.
This program is in its environmental planning phase and would purify and reuse water from the JWPCP.
Our partnership has resulted in a 500,000 gallon per day demonstration facility that has been operating for two years.
At full scale, the program may produce 150 million gallons per day of purified water—enough for 1.5 million people—and become one of the largest water recycling programs in the world.
For more information on the Regional Recycled Water Program, including requesting a tour or presentation,
please visit https://www.mwdh2o.com/rrwp,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 213-217-7262.