Irrigating edible crops with reclaimed water is a promising, cost-effective solution to Florida's overuse of freshwater resources. Learn more in this 4-page fact sheet written by Jamie Lewis and Alan L. Wright and published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, September 2011.
This 8-page fact sheet presents basic information for those using reclaimed water to irrigate lawns and landscapes. The information can serve as a guide to determine whether there is an opportunity to replace some of the fertilizer that might otherwise be applied and to offer guidance on avoiding runoff and leaching of excess nutrients. Written by Christopher J. Martinez, Mark W. Clark, Gurpal S. Toor, George J. Hochmuth, and Lawrence R. Parsons, and published by the UF Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, August 2011. (UF/IFAS photo by Marisol Amador)
Reclaimed water is former wastewater from households, schools, offices, hospitals, and commercial and industrial facilities that has been disinfected and treated to remove certain impurities such as nutrients and pathogens. After flowing out of wastewater treatment plants, reclaimed water is piped back to communities for reuse in numerous domestic, industrial, and agricultural applications. Though reclaimed water cannot be used for drinking water in Florida, it is considered highly safe and reliable for non-potable water needs. These fact sheets were written by Gurpal S. Toor and Mary Lusk, and published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, January 2011:
What’s in Reclaimed Water and Where Does It Go? (SL337/SS542)
Constituents of Concern in Reclaimed Water (SL338/SS543)
Managing Salinity, Sodicity, and Specific Ions in Sites Irrigated with Reclaimed Water (SL340/SS545)
Understanding Landscape Irrigation Water Quality Tests (SL341/SS546)
SL308, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Gurpal S. Toor and Donald P. Rainey, discusses the history, current status, and importance of reclaimed water use in Florida. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, November 2009.
AE449, a 6-page fact sheet by Christopher J. Martinez and Mark W. Clark, discusses how to manage for salinity and nutrients contained in reclaimed water when using it for landscape irrigation. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, July 2009.
AE448, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Christopher J. Martinez and Mark W. Clark, decribes Florida’s program for reusing water from municipal wastewater treatment plants tht has been treat to allow safe use for designated purposes — why reuse this water, how it is used in Florida, how it is produced, and treatment requirements. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, July 2009.
HS1157, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Lawrence R. Parsons, describes what reclaimed water is, what it can be used for, advantages, safety, use in edible crops, salinity, and plant nutrients. Published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, July 2009.