Reclaimed Water Service
Is reclaimed water safe?
Reclaimed water is treated so it is safe for incidental human contact such as lawn irrigation.
Is it drinkable?
Reclaimed water is not the same as potable (drinking) water and is not suitable for human consumption.
Is reclaimed water always available?
Not Always. There are a variety of circumstances such as limited supply, system maintenance, and quality assurance requirements that may occasionally limit availability.
Can you use it in pools and spa?
Reclaimed water is not the same as potable water and is not suitable for human contact, such as bathing, swimming pools or laundry.
How much can I use?
Reclaimed water supplied by Brevard County is not metered, therefore there is no limit on it's use; however; over watering is likely to cause problems with your lawn.
When can I water?
Watering with reclaimed water is exempt from all watering restrictions.
What pressure will be available?
Pressures will vary somewhat based on the amount of water being used in your area; however, it is estimated that 50 psi will be minimum pressure.
Can I have a hose for reclaimed water?
Hoses are allowed with the provision that special fittings are installed according to the current ordinance.
What is the service line size?
The reclaimed water service lines are generally 3/4 inch.
Can I use reclaimed water for water to a air A/C?
Yes if all of the water is then used for irrigation, with no return to the sewer, no return to a well, and no discharge to a canal, ditch or pond.
Can I use reclaimed water for toilet flushing?
Under certain conditions, including metering for sewer billing and other restrictions. For further information on this question, please contact the Utility Services Department at (321) 633-2091.
Does reclaimed water smell or stain?
What can I water with reclaimed water?
All ornamental plants, trees, turfs and grasses may be watered. Food crops that are to be peeled or cooked can be watered by any method.
Can I water food crops?
Food crops that are to be peeled or cooked can be watered by any method. "Salad" crops should be watered in a manner so as to avoid getting water on the plant/leaves.
Do I have to abandon my well?
There can be no interconnection between the reclaimed water system and any other system. The well may remain but must be physically disconnected from the reclaimed water piping. Reclaimed water may not be used within 100' of all potable water wells.
Can I wash my car?
Yes. Towel drying will help to prevent water spots.
Is Connection to the reclaimed water system required?
Why must I pay for reclaimed when I already pay for sewer?
The monthly sewer bill is for the treatment of sewage. Providing reclaimed water for irrigation involves additional costs above and beyond those for the treatment of sewage.
How much money will I save on my water and sewer bill?
Savings depends on current source of irrigation supply and the number of people in the house.
How can my neighborhood obtain reclaimed water?
Reclaimed water projects may be financed through a special assessment process called the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU). For further information on this question, please contact the Utility Services Department at (321) 633-2091.
Is there any salt in reclaimed water?
The salt content in reclaimed water varies with location. On Merritt Island and the South Beaches, the chlorides range from 500 to 600 parts per million (ppm). In the Port St. John and Suntree/Viera area, the chlorides are approximately 200 ppm.
Since some plants are intolerant to salt, ask your Agriculture and Extension Service for information by calling (321) 633-1702.
Are modifications to my house or plumbing needed for reclaimed water?
An approved cross connection device is required on the potable water line serving any property receiving reclaimed water. Contact your water supplier for details. Reclaimed water piping must be completely isolated, disconnected, and separate from all
potable water lines.
How much reclaimed water can I use?
At this time Reclaimed Water is unmetered.
When can I water?
Although there are no regulatory restrictions, when demand is high we drop the system pressure during most of the day to refill storage tanks to meet the high demand night time period.
How much pressure is in the lines?
The minimum 50 psi is our goal. Although during high demand periods we are unable to maintain this level.