Starting last week, Los Angeles residents can now pick up free recycled water when visiting the zoo this summer. Residents and Owners, who present a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) bill and undergo a training session about approved uses, can receive up to 300 gallons of disinfected water for non-drinking uses such as landscape irrigation. The fill station is open from 8 to 11 a.m.
The recent water shortages and environmental concerns have moved water agencies to use reclaimed water as a sustainable solution. California recently established legislation that reclassifies recycled water as a water resource. Los Angeles imports nearly 90 percent of the water, mostly from hundreds of miles away. The opening of this recycled water fill station is the latest city effort to make Angelenos embrace it and drive down the city’s reliance on imported water.
The proximity of the zoo to existing purple pipes made it the perfect location. The zoo receives its recycled water from the L.A.-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, a facility similar to the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility, also known as SMURRF. These treatment plants restore gray or runoff water from sinks, washing machines, showers and hoses to a pristine condition by subjecting the reclaimed water to a series of scientifically-proven cleansing processes to ensure its quality and safe use, holding the same or even higher standards than drinking water.
In combination with water efficient technologies such as the Hybrid and Waterfree Urinals, recycled water can potentially alleviate California’s continuous water scarcity. However, reclaimed water can severely damage plumbing systems due to high concentrations of chemicals, potentially leading to increased maintenance requirements. This is why Sloan created the Sloan® Royal® reclaimed water, a specifically designed Flushometer that withstands recycled water harsh conditions with purple interior components to indicate the maintenance personnel that it is designed for reclaimed water.