Reclaimed / Reuse Water
Lynn Haven’s reclaimed/reuse water is the product of an advanced wastewater treatment process that eliminates harmful by-products while retaining beneficial elements. Elements including phosphorus and nitrogen, that work as fertilizers to improve grass growth and appearance, are present in reclaimed water. Using reclaimed water is a way to conserve the drinking water supply, as well as, create a new source for irrigation.
Is It Safe
Yes. Reclaimed water is treated to extremely high levels. The constant monitoring for a variety of contaminates, including Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards ensures that the public health and the environment are protected.
What Should I Know
The program is voluntary and you can utilize your existing in-ground irrigation system. If you have a well, you must disconnect it in order to take advantage of the program. Irrigation systems tied into a drinking water line will require terminating the connection to the drinking water system.
No cross-connection can exist prior to the tie-in to the reclaimed water system. A cross connection inspection conducted by a City of Lynn Haven inspector is required at the time the actual tie-in to the reclaimed service is made.
Reuse/Reclaimed Water is Beneficial
Reuse water reduces or eliminates the discharge of treated effluent to surface waters, reduces the demand for irrigation on the potable drinking water system and saves money on developing new water sources.
- Landscape irrigation including fountains, decorative ponds, highway medians and residential lawns
- Department of Environmental Protection Rule 62-610 states that all reuse piping and dispersal systems must be color coded. (Reclaimed Purple)
- Agricultural irrigation of grasslands, orchards, and certain crops
- Industrial uses include boiler cooling, non-contact cooling water, dust control and some manufacturing processes
- Fire protection sprinkler systems and fire hydrants
- Restoring wetlands and enhancing surface waters
- Ground water recharging infiltration that allows reclaimed water to recharge valuable ground water
- Do not drink reclaimed water. It is not potable water
- Do not use reclaimed water to fill your swimming pool, hot tub, or wading pool
- Do not cross connect reclaimed water to your domestic water supply or any other water supply
- Maintain a setback 75 feet from the edge of the wetted area and a potable well
- Do not irrigate vegetable gardens with reclaimed water
- Typically reuse water has a higher concentration of dissolved solids than potable water; therefore, the use of reclaimed water for washing cars, boats or heavy equipment is discouraged unless they are immediately rinsed with potable water and towel dried
Auxiliary supply: Any other water supply available on the premises.
Availability: Reclaimed water may not always be available for use.
Cross-connection: A physical arrangement between a potable water supply and any other fluid.
Disinfection: Selective destruction of pathogens in reclaimed water, wastewater effluents and residuals.
Domestic wastewater: Wastewater derived from dwellings, businesses, institutions, etc. …not industrial wastes.
Effluent: Water that is not reused after flowing out of any wastewater treatment facility.
Potable water: Water fit for human consumption, culinary, or domestic purposes.
Reclaimed water: Water that has received at least secondary treatment and is reused after flowing out of a wastewater treatment facility.
Reuse water: The deliberate application of reclaimed water, in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Northwest Florida Water Management District rules and regulations, for a beneficial purpose.