Clearwater is reclaiming our future by providing reclaimed water to residents throughout city boundaries. Providing reclaimed water helps to ensure that Clearwater has the water it needs today and in the future. Several projects are underway throughout the city or are already complete.
The use of reclaimed water for irrigation helps us manage our drinking water supplies and costs because we postpone the day when we'll have to acquire new drinking water supplies. Drinking water is a precious, limited resource, while reclaimed water is readily available.
We're planning for a great quality of life, and reclaimed water is part of that plan. The City of Clearwater has planned, budgeted and acquired grants to ensure that reclaimed water is available to residents.
Resident Benefits of Reclaimed Water
- Use of reclaimed water for non-drinking purposes is less expensive than using potable water.
- Drought-resistant source of irrigation water.
- RCW is likely better quality and does not leave stains or have odors.
- Irrigation with RCW is allowed seven days per week.
- Opportunity for neighborhoods to receive grant funding from the SWFWMD.
- RCW will help to limit future utility rate increases.
- RCW can positively affect property values.
Community Benefits of Reclaimed Water
- RCW minimizes negative effects to underground water sources, preserving quality of life for people, plants, and animals.
- RCW could save millions of gallons of drinking water each day.
- Benefits the bay by reusing water that would otherwise be discharged in the bay.
- Water supply development in the region could be reduced.
- Use of RCW for irrigation purposes encourages cooperative work among the city and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
- With proper management and wise use of available water resources, we can ensure water for ourselves, our children, and generations to come.
If your neighborhood does not currently have reclaimed water service and you would like it, it is easy to initiate a project. Neighbors along the proposed pipeline would need to sign a Citizen-initiated Petition Form to express interest in getting reclaimed water service. More than 50 percent of property owners are required for approval leading to construction. To learn more, call (727) 562-4960 or visit myclearwater.com/reclaimed.