While most of California experiences moderate drought conditions, state officials have reported that Contra Costa County is experiencing severe drought conditions. To help residents reduce water consumption in gardens, landscaping and lawns, Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) decided to open its residential recycled water filling station earlier this year. The filling station is now open.
Hours of operation will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Gas station service is free to residents of Oakley and Bethel Island. Those who live outside of the ISD service area are encouraged to purchase a $ 25 punch card, allowing 20 trips of up to 300 gallons of recycled water per trip.
For those who haven’t taken advantage of using recycled water for irrigation, it doesn’t take much to get started. ISD’s recycled water is safe for almost all of your outdoor watering needs, including vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and even car washing.
Many people believe that a 300 gallon tank, seen on the backs of many local pickup trucks in recent years, is needed to get recycled water. However, there are many different containers that can be used to bring recycled water home from the ISD Recycled Water Filling Station. Some residents have gone so far as to bring gallon containers, 5-gallon covered buckets, and even 30-gallon drums, all of which can be purchased at local hardware stores.
A van is not even necessary to bring recycled water home. Many users drive their cars and fill their containers and load them into their trunks. ISD allows users to take home between 1 gallon and 300 gallons per trip and take as many trips as they want during the hours of operation of the filling station.
New registrations are available and require a short training session on the use of recycled water. Those interested can call 925-625-2279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Proof of current residential address is required.
The Town of Brentwood has also opened its recycled water filling station at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2251 Elkins Way, for utility customers in the Town of Brentwood. Recycled water is wastewater that has undergone intensive treatment to be used for many non-potable water uses such as landscape irrigation. Using recycled water for this purpose is a way for customers to comply with state-imposed regulations to reduce the use of potable water.
Recycled water should never be used for drinking or preparing food. It can be used to water your trees, gardens, lawns, wash cars, paths and various other watering needs. All plants can be watered with recycled water.
This includes edible plants such as fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs. However, all fruits, vegetables and herbs should be washed in potable water before consumption.
It is also important that residents do not use recycled water for cooking or use it in the kitchen and do not use it for bathing or showering, for filling swimming pools or spas, or for cleaning. or fill children’s water toys.
All county-mandated COVID-19 protocols will continue to remain in place at recycled water refill stations.