Since 2003, Sacramento County Water Agency (SCWA) has provided recycled water in the Laguna West, Lakeside, and Stonelake communities. The CSD uses this water for irrigation purposes, thereby conserving and extending the life of our precious drinking water resources.
The CSD irrigates 118 acres using recycled water, including 12 parks (76 acres), 2 trails (2 acres), and 23 streetscapes (40 acres).
SCWA charges 30% less for using recycled water. The costs savings help us keep Landscape and Lighting Assessment Fees low.
Parks Utilizing Recycled Water
Look for these signs that show areas watered by reclaimed water.
Recycled water is exempt from the recent drought related water restrictions imposed on potable water sources. This means CSD landscaping in the recycled water areas may look greener than other areas of Elk Grove.
Recycled water, also known as reclaimed or non-potable (non-drinking) water, begins as treated wastewater processed at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. It then undergoes further treatment, including chemical treatment and filtration. After disinfection, this water can be recycled back to the community for use in all non-potable water systems. The recycled water used by the CSD is clean, clear and safe, even when it comes into contact with people and animals. It is not, however, for human or animal consumption.
Signage is posted in CSD landscaping which informs users that recycled water is not for drinking.