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California officials this month adopted streamlined permitting for non-potable water recycling projects. By the end of this year, they’re expected to do the same for potable water recycling. Jennifer West of WaterReuse California explains what’s ahead.

Only 10 Years ago, the idea that Californians might one day drink treated wastewater from their kitchen taps seemed unfathomable. The notion of using recycled water to this degree was unpopular with the public, and seemed unnecessary. The state’s ongoing drought has changed all that. Many water agencies over the past few years have rolled out small recycled water programs. These are mainly producing non-potable water for outdoor irrigation, and have become popular with people who want to continue watering their gardens without impacting their water bills.

To make it easier to set up these kinds of programs, the State Water Resources Control Board on June 7 adopted new rules for non-potable water recycling projects. Called a “general order,” the goal of the new rule package is streamlined permitting for water agencies that want to pursue such projects, so they can get water flowing faster and cheaper.

The next step for the state board is to develop regulations for recycling projects that deliver potable water. This is expected by the end of 2016.

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