San Francisco's Recycled Water Ordinance: Alternate Water Sources for Non-Potable Applications
San Francisco's Recycled Water Ordinance requires that private property owners of any building above a specified size threshold, as detailed below, and within designated “water recycling areas” install onsite recycled water systems in new construction, modification, or remodel projects. The goal of the ordinance is to maximize the use of recycled water, and includes a financial penalty for non-compliance.
Designated water recycling areas are shown in the below map of the City.
The recycled water requirements apply to:
In addition, property owners subject to the Recycled Water Ordinance are required to use recycled water for all applicable State of California approved uses including:
Read San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Fact Sheet on the Recycled Water Ordinance by clicking the link below. You can find Section 12C of the City’s Health Code where the Recycled Water Ordinance is codified here.
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