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Interruptible Reclaimed Water Service

Interruptible Reclaimed Water Service Program
October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018

Applications open to all Long Beach Water Department Regular Reclaimed Water Customers

Recycled Water

Long Beach Recycled Water System Expansion

The Long Beach Water Department remains committed to developing alternative sources of water to supplement precious imported potable water to meet the annual water demands our customers, particularly those using potable water primarily for industrial and irrigation operations.

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Phase 1

This phase of the expansion project also allows THUMS, a collection of oil companies operating offshore drilling platforms in Long Beach Harbor, to use 1,100 acre-feet of recycled water to re-pressurize oil-bearing strata, saving an equal amount of imported potable water in the process.

Another critical part of Phase 1 is the Leo Vander Lans Treatment Facility that allows the utilization of 3,000 acre-feet of highly treated recycled water, in part, for groundwater recharge to protect against seawater intrusion.

Phase 2

This phase of the project will see, among other events, the connection of two large power generation facilities, in the southeast part of the City, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and AES Southland Company.  These connections will enable these facilities to use recycled water for industrial operations, saving nearly 570 acre-feet of potable water annually.

Phases 3 and 4

These phases will see the city's recycled water system expanded to the west connecting to large industrial users in the Port of Long Beach.

Recycled Water Standards

The recycled water that is distributed in the City of Long Beach is categorized as “disinfected tertiary recycled water”.  This water has undergone treatment for a wide range of contaminants, including nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate, and is filtered and disinfected prior to the water being distributed.

Additional information about CA recycled water, including rules and regulations can be found at the links below:

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The State requirements for recycled water can be found at:

Long Beach Recycled Water System Expansion

The Long Beach Water Department remains committed to developing alternative sources of water versus using precious imported potable water to meet the annual water demands our customer, particularly those using potable water primarily for industrial and irrigation operations.

Phase 1 of the expansion project also allows THUMS, a collection of oil companies operating offshore drilling platforms in Long Beach Harbor, to use 1,100 acre-feet of recycled water to repressurize oil-bearing strata, saving an equal amount of imported potable water in the process.

Also a critical part of Phase 1 is the Leo Vander Lans Treatment Facility that allows the utilization of 3,000 acre-feet of highly treated recycled water, in part, for groundwater recharge to protect against seawater intrusion.

Phase 2 of the project will see, among other events, the connection of two large power generation facilities, in the southeast part of the City, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and AES Southland Company.  These connections will enable these facilities to use recycled water for industrial operations, saving nearly 570 acre-feet of potable water annually.

Phases 3 and 4 will see the city's recycled water system expanded to the west connecting to large industrial users in the Port of Long Beach.

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Mayor Foster kicks off effort that saves 13 MILLION gallons of potable water annually

Long Beach to Receive $1.3 Million in Federal Funding for Seawater Desalination and Recycled Water Projects

WASHINGTON DC – Yesterday, the United States Senate voted to approve the $33.5 Billion FY 10 Energy & Water Appropriations Conference Report, which funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Interior, including the Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy and several independent Agencies.