Reclaimed Water: The Right Water for the Right Use
water is treated to Class A Reclaimed Water standards
water that is clean enough for public contact and almost any use
except drinking. It's ideal for many high-demand non-drinking
purposes, allowing communities to stretch their water supplies
by matching the type of water they use to actual needs. Class A
Reclaimed Water can be used for a wide variety of uses, including:
Reclaimed Water Distribution
As a wastewater utility, LOTT is not a water purveyor. Instead, the three Cities Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater play that critical role. A series of interlocal, distribution, supply, and end user agreements set the stage for distribution and use of the reclaimed water, along with a distribution methodology to assure that each of the partner jurisdictions has reasonably equitable access to reclaimed water over time. This gives them the assurances they need to begin planning purple pipe infrastructure. (Purple is the color-coding used to identify reclaimed water pipelines and fixtures.)
Reclaimed Water Use
Reclaimed water from the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant is used by several customers in downtown Olympia. The Washington State Department of General Administration (GA) began using reclaimed water for irrigation at the state's Heritage and Marathon Parks in July 2006. GA is also interested in using the water for irrigation of the Capitol Campus. The City of Olympia uses reclaimed water for irrigation of city downtown parks, including Percival Landing parks. Reclaimed water use at the Port of Olympia includes irrigation, marine terminal dust suppression, boat washdown, and a pond. LOTT uses reclaimed water for toilet flushing, irrigation, and the outdoor water feature at the Regional Services Center. LOTT also uses reclaimed water for washdown, processes, and irrigation at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant.
Future reclaimed water facilities will play a significant public education role. Four interpretive kiosks were constructed at the Hawks Prairie Ponds site, which offers walking trails and an attractive park-like setting for showcasing reclaimed water. Reclaimed water is also showcased at the East Bay Public Plaza. It is used in the interactive stream, for irrigation, and for toilet flushing. The new Hands On Children's Museum also uses reclaimed water for toilet flushing and irrigation.
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