Using reclaimed water to irrigate our landscapes is one way to help conserve Florida's groundwater resources. Reclaimed water is a type of wastewater that is specially treated and then used to irrigate residential areas, golf courses, parks, and public school yards.
It provides plants with nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus that they need to grow, though some plants may be sensitive to its salt concentrations. You can irrigate fruit and vegetable gardens with reclaimed water—with the exception of root crops—if you use a drip irrigation system.
If your community has access to reclaimed water, you may be able to irrigate with it. Just remember that reclaimed water isn't safe for drinking. By reusing water we already have, we help preserve our groundwater supplies for future generations.
- History and Current Status of Reclaimed Water Use in Florida
- Reclaimed Water and Florida's Water Reuse Program
- Reclaimed Water for Homeowner Irrigation
- Reclaimed Water Use in the Landscape: Series
- The 3 R's of Water: Reuse, Recycle, and Reclaim (PDF)
- Using Reclaimed Water for Landscape Irrigation