Reclaimed water provides a safe alternate water source for many non-domestic uses such as irrigation and reduces demand on the City’s drinking or “potable” water sources.
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Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater produced through advanced treatment processes that removes solids and disinfect potential pathogens. The City of Durham’s reclaimed water meets all state requirements for use of reclaimed water for beneficial uses as outlined in our permit.
The wastewater treatment and disinfection process requires four steps:
YES. Durham meets the highest standards set by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Neighboring systems in Town of Cary, City of Raleigh and Orange Water and Sewer Authority have safely operated reclaimed water systems for several years with no documented public health issues.
The level of treatment of reclaimed water makes it acceptable for the following uses:
Yes, the degree of treatment required for the use of reclaimed water makes it unsuitable for the following purposes:
Reclaimed water is available from the Bulk Fill station at the North Durham Water Reclamation Facility at 1900 E. Club Blvd. Please note that only individuals who are certified to receive and haul reclaimed water use reclaimed water. Please contact the North Durham Water Reclamation Facility at 919-560-4384 or go to the City’s reclaimed water web page for more information on becoming certified.
The City of Durham provides reclaimed water from the bulk fill station at the North Durham Water Reclamation facility at NO cost to certified users.