How is recycled water kept separate from potable water?

To protect public safety, regulations require that recycled water facilities be completely separate from drinking water systems. Guidelines set by the California Department of Health Services require recycled water facilities to be clearly distinguishable from potable water facilities to avoid mixing the two supplies. Pipes and other hardware for recycled water systems are colored purple and labeled with words "Recycled Water, Do Not Drink."

In addition, the District requires “cross-connection” monitoring for its recycled water users. This monitoring insures that recycled water does not become connected to a potable water pipeline when new plumbing is added to a property where recycled water is used. Likewise, backflow protection devices may be required to prevent any contamination from a customer from flowing back into the recycled water supply.

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1. What is recycled water?
2. Who sets health standards for recycled water?
3. How can recycled water be used?
4. What will happen if children or pets come into contact with recycled water?
5. How is recycled water kept separate from potable water?
6. What are the benefits of using recycled water?
7. What is the cost of recycled water?
8. How reliable is the recycled water supply?
9. Where is recycled water available?
10. When is recycled water available?
11. Is recycled water available in the Coombsville / Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay (MST) area?